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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (1996)

In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and... See full summary »

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Murray Lerner

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Murray Lerner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian Anderson ... Himself (Jethro Tull)
Joan Baez ... Herself
Martin Barre Martin Barre ... Himself (Lead guitarist, Jethro Tull)
John Bonham ... Himself
Clive Bunker Clive Bunker ... Himself (Drummer, Jethro Tull)
Chick Churchill Chick Churchill ... Himself (Ten Years After)
Leonard Cohen ... Himself
Billy Cox ... Himself (Jimi Hendrix's Bassist)
Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)
Miles Davis ... Himself
John Densmore ... Himself (The Doors)
Donovan ... Himself
The Doors ... Themselves
Graeme Edge Graeme Edge ... Himself (The Moody Blues)
Emerson Lake and Palmer ... Themselves
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In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and corruption that would plague the music industry for years to come. They also witnessed the final, drugged out performance of Jimi Hendrix in England just two weeks before he would meet a tragic death. When it all was over, the fans view of rock and roll was never the same. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message of Love: The Isle of Wight Festival: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The release of this film was held up for nearly 27 years due to the fact that the promoters had declared bankruptcy and didn't have the finances to help cover the expenses of editing. See more »

Quotes

Rikki Farr: Himself (Master of Ceremonies): [shouts at audience] We put this festival on you bastards, with a lot of love we worked for one year for you pigs and you wanna break our walls down and you wanna destroy it? Well go to hell!
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Soundtracks

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Written and Performed by Jimi Hendrix
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Turning point of hippiedom
26 May 2001 | by secordmanSee all my reviews

More so than the Altamont debacle, the Isle of Wight Festival was the end of an era. Morrison and Hendrix would soon be gone, and the impracticalities of mass concerts like this is shown in all the turmoil that occurred here. This is a documentary movie with terrific musical numbers in a wild mix, from Leonard Cohen to Ten Years After, from John Sebastian to the Who, from Tiny Tim to Miles Davis to Taste. The most revealing glimpse into the future is the progressive rock juggernaut taking sail, with Emerson Lake and Palmer a million miles away from Joni Mitchell-type hippiedom. The invasion of the stage by a man during Joni's set serves to contrast the "do your own thing" attitude with the "let's tighten up security and make some money" realities which would become the norm soon enough. There's a middle ground here which is energizing. Certainly this is no Woodstock '99, which was simply a horrible evil place with no redeeming qualities.


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