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    Hawke is offline
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    The Last Waltz

    Watched Van Morrison perform Caravan on youtube again. His performance with The Band is goose bump great.

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    That entire movie is great. I get goosebumps even before the opening plink plink plink and the s Refits! We watch it here quite often. It is even better viewing here in our happy place.
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    Absolutely everyone who performed on The Last Waltz was great. It is undoubtedly the best concert video ever produced. We've watched it so many times that I've lost count, and it never gets old. What is amazing is that at least half of those who performed in that concert are still performing today. It is definitely an iconic film that probably helped launch Martin Scorsese' career.

    Here is one of my favs.


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    Thanks : Great video. Every few months I'll start watching some, next thing you know, half the day has gone by.

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    Mavis Staples is on the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2019 list of performers!

    Since 2008, not a trip to St Barth goes by that I don't watch The Last Waltz in the living room of two of my favorite people on the planet. It truly NEVER gets old and I'm moved every single time!
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    To quote the cast of FIDFLER ON THE ROOF, “TRADITION!”
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    The Last Waltz is on my iPad.

    And, from the opening frames, THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    The Last Waltz is on my iPad.

    And, from the opening frames, THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!
    And that's exactly the way we play it when "PITA" is in the house.

    Phil

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    If interested in seeing the concert uncut, in original sequence, and without overdubbing and other sweetenings, check this out when you have 4+ hours of time to kill - they will likely pass quickly.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yW372qWH8

    Robbie and Levon told different stories about the Last Waltz in their books. Here are links to an excerpt from Robertson's and an article about Helm's thoughts.

    Also of potential interest is this link to some lost photos that were found in in 2016 (40th LW Anniversary) the SF Chronicle

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    Good reads. Thanks Izzy. ‘Twas An incredible gathering of incredible rock n roll legends
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    Re: The Last Waltz

    We also enjoy “I’ve had the time of my life but I never...”what movie? The male lead passed away young- pancreatic cancer.

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    Re: The Last Waltz

    Quote Originally Posted by GramChop View Post
    Mavis Staples is on the New Orleans Jazz Fest 2019 list of performers!

    The Rolling Stones are the headliners for the 2019 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest... after processing that, it is interesting to see two of the performers at the first festival in 1970 when Duke Ellington (b. 1899) was 5 years younger than Jagger and Richards (b. 1943) are now... and a year in which the Stones released another notable Rock film - Gimme Shelter...

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    Performances by the Ellington Orchestra and by Mahalia Jackson at the 1970 festival (attendance ~ 350) can be heard here.

    A bit about Ellington, promoter George Wein (in polo shirt behind Mahalia) and the establishment of the festival can be heard here.

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    Re: The Last Waltz

    Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey DIRTY DANCING, Bill,

    Happy to supply this info, things like that pop into my mind and can drive me crazy. However, it is definitely not in the correct thread at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    And, from the opening frames, THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!
    A reason to have an amp that can go up to 11...

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil62 View Post
    And that's exactly the way we play it when "PITA" is in the house.

    Phil
    "If it's too loud, you're too old." Trust me...there is NO ONE old in the villa when The Last Waltz is played!

    Love,
    PITA
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    Re: The Last Waltz

    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy View Post
    If interested in seeing the concert uncut, in original sequence, and without overdubbing and other sweetenings, check this out when you have 4+ hours of time to kill - they will likely pass quickly.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yW372qWH8

    Robbie and Levon told different stories about the Last Waltz in their books. Here are links to an excerpt from Robertson's and an article about Helm's thoughts.

    Also of potential interest is this link to some lost photos that were found in in 2016 (40th LW Anniversary) the SF Chronicle
    Well, that was four hours and twenty minutes will spent (in two chunks wrapped around dinner), from Up On Cripple Creek to Greensleeves. I was aware of the video off of the House cameras, but had never taken the time to watch it.

    Bill "Sweet William" Fritsch was long forgotten by me, but his segment refreshed my memory of his association with Janis Joplin.

    What a way to spend a night, for $25 in 1976 dollars ($113 in 2019 dollars), and which included Thanksgiving Dinner!

    Thanks for the link to the photos. Those are new to me.

    I also happen to have a fresh copy of Robbie Robertson's "Testimony" on top of my "paper books" pile, purchased as a gift for a friend who it turns out already has a copy. He recommended that I also purchase Levon Helms' "This Wheel's On Fire" for a different viewpoint.

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    Re: The Last Waltz

    Thank you for those links Izzy. The words and the music truly bring back a historic moment in rock and roll.

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    Re: The Last Waltz

    Amy, Kevin, Kent - glad you have enjoyed the links.

    Kevin - Peter Coyote's Sleeping Where I Fall is an interesting account of the 60's and SF from the perspective of one of the founders of the Diggers. Thee is a chapter on Sweet William, which can be read on the google books preview... his getting shot during a misguided coke sale, the cause of his needing a cane at the LW concert, is recounted....

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