Years before the Summer of Love ushered in a new era of youth culture and hippie eccentricity, young audiences gathered in Newport’s windswept fields to listen to live guitar music, new and old, together. Documentarian Murray Lerner’s panoramic portrait of the Newport Folk Festival from 1963 and 1966 intersperses interviews with these idealistic, non-conforming audience members with riveting performances from a panoply of gospel, folk, and country artists: Joan Baez; Johnny Cash; Judy Collins; Donovan; Bob Dylan (both acoustic and electric); Fannie Lou Hamer; Howlin’ Wolf; Odetta; Peter, Paul and Mary; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Pete Seeger; and The Staple Singers. Nominated for a Documentary Feature Oscar, Festival brims with life and song.

DIRECTED BY: Murray Lerner. WITH: Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash. 1967. 98 min. USA. B&W. English. 35mm. New print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

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