In honor of the long-lost golden age of rock music (before Adam Levine was considered a rock star), three documentaries of the genre’s greatest legends will be screened in oncoming weeks at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Av. Del Libertador 8151). The event is titled “Rockumentales.”
Documentaries of three rock doyens – Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones – are to be screened on the Sundays of May 10, 17 and 24, each beginning at 6 p.m. Befitting the progressive quality of rock and roll, admission is free!
So, escape the modern-day vexations of life in Buenos Aires and transport back to the 1960s – the halcyon days of counterculture when the hair was long, the politics were radical and the rock was raw and unadulterated. As the kids say, it’s gonna “rock”!
Pink Floyd, the psychedelic rock band hailing from the back alleys of London, is known for its philosophical lyrics as well for blessing posterity with one of the genre’s greatest rock documentaries – a recording of a 1972 performance at the ruins of Pompeii. Though there were no actual audience members in attendance (Pompeii isn’t too inhabited these days), the performance, a typical live set during this point in Pink Floyd’s career, was documented by French cameramen and given a filmic polish.
(France 1972, 85 min.)
The sounds of influential US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan have become emblematic of the social unrest and civil rights movements of the 60s. Filmed at the peak of his illustrious career, Don’t Look Back documents Dylan’s 1965 tour throughout the UK. The film was voted the ninth best documentary of all time by Sight and Sound and has been preserved in the US National Film Registry.
(US 1967, 96 min.)
On the vanguard of the British Invasion, The Rolling Stones, is considered an apogee of 60s rock music. Two days after the tragic passing of bandleader Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones reconvened at a 1969 Hyde Park performance to 250,000 to 500,000 somber fans. While arguably not one of the band’s strongest performances, the filmed concert remains widely circulated and is considered culturally significant.
(UK 1969, 53 min.)
For more information, visit the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti website.