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In the summer of 1971 the Glastonbury legend was born when the organisers decided to try and create a festival that would be a forerunner for an 'alternative and utopian society'. The festival encompassed Midsummer;s Day, and in true medieval tradition, the area of Worhty Farm, Pilton was given over to music, dance, poetry, theatre, spontaneous, entertainment and nudity. The aspiring director Nic Roeg (Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth) took his film crew to the second Glastonbury festival and recorded the people, the music and their summer of love. The music of Terry Reid, Family, Melanie, Fairport Convention, Traffic, Linda Lewis and Arthur Brown are part of the legend of Glastonbury Fayre, but the real stars of this film are the festival goers, organisers Arabella Churchill and Andrew Kerr, and the first appearance of the pyramid stage. Unseen for over thirty years since its cinema release, Glastonbury Fayre has been digitally restored to create an unique record of a visionary music festival by one of Britain's greatest film directors. Special Features: Audio Commentary with Nic Roeg and Making Of Documentary.
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Won awards for Don't Look Now, The Man who fell to Earth, Performance, Walkabout
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I was staging the event with Arabella Churchill. Of course I said Yes. He shot 72 hours in 35mm and 16mm film. As there was not enough money for post production, only 1 hour 20 minutes was all that was saved. Real shame. For me the best performances were by Melanie and Terry Reid with Linda Lewis. I'm pleased to say that they will all be playing at this year's festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary.
I called it Fair - someone else put the y into it.
The way its filmed, is superb and the music is great too. you don't actually have to have a enthusiasm for Festival music of the 70s to enjoy this, I'd recommend it to anyone who goes to Glastonbury thesedays as way of getting in the mood and a way of finding oout how it all began. yep there is nudity and drugs here, but also some cracking music. the Terry Reid clip is surely one of the best film clips of live music there has ever been. stoned immaculate . And I am one who thinks that music should be enjoyed live, so I attend a lot of gigs, I dont normally think live film footage always works, but hey this does. This is a cheap DVD and would make a great present for some one , or yourself ! Enjoy.
The air it seems, was full of good vibes (compare this to the ugly scenes of confrontation from the previous year's final Isle of Wight festival), perhaps the fact that this festival was free helped. The relatively low attendance probably also helped to create the special atmosphere seen here. Much is often made of how 'out of it' everyone was back then but things have hardly changed have they? One thing that has changed is how much less naive & more cynical we've all become.
But I didn't intend on writing a sociological essay, enough has already been written on those times.
More to the point, the music contained herein provides some of the films highlights, none more so than the great & half remembered Terry Reid whose loose & extremely soulful arrangement of his song 'Dean' is well worth the purchase of this disc alone. The song, like the film itself, really conjures up the spirit of the age.
In it, you can hear something so familiar, yet indefinable. The emotional pull of this performance sways me everytime. This defining moment appears early on in the film & serves to hold the viewer's attention from thereon. Many more magical musical moments follow, memorably, a mesmerizing Fairport Convention &
a deliriously deranged Arthur Brown along with early Gong, late Traffic etc...
Had the film crew managed to capture Bowie's dawn performance, this really would have been one of rock's 'holy grails'. However, as it stands, it's still one of the most compelling & important documents of it's time,
so don't delay, turn on & tune in today.
People were much more aware of themselves, more free and more open. The opportunity to perform/express yourself was encouraged, you could be different and be accepted.
They did not need social media to communicate etc. this film shows how things happened in the counter culture and is a fascinating film for that as well as the at times brilliant music by the mostly British performers.
This is a very different musical event compared to Woodstock.
The amount of concert goers that are absolutely out of it has not changed, just the drugs they use has changed it seems.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great historical film of the Worlds greatest festival, a perfect warm up and a history lesson prior to this years Glastonbury festivalPublished 1 month ago by Boris
Purchasers may be disappointed by the lack of actual musical performances. I certainly was. This looks like it has aspirations to being a British vesion of the famous Woodstock... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. GRIMM
LOVE this film, C4 showed it yonks ago, I taped it and must have watched it at least thirty times. Unfortunately however, my DVD player doesn't like the disc so have not been able... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rychard
A very good example of the UK music festival scene in the seventy's, Great music Great FUN.Published 22 months ago by William J Harkin
I bought this while the 2014 Glastonbury festival was being broadcast on the BBC. so it was interesting to trace the origins of this massive many-headed mutant beast back to this... Read morePublished 24 months ago by gazzsoma