Friday, May 25, 2007

DVD round-up 2: GLASTONBURY****

GLASTONBURY is a really entertaining documentary about the famous British music festival. Julien Temple combines archive footage, interviews with the organiser, artists who've made their mark over the years and devoted attendees. We start out with hippie counter-culture, which all looks hillarious to the modern eye, until you become a bit envious of how naive and earnest it was. Things get more politicised in the 80s with Billy Bragg et al - but then that was a fair reflection of the times. We see the rise of the Baggies and Ravers in the 90s, including the iconic Pulp "Common People" gig, and move into the modern era. It's fascinating stuff for festival fans as well as people who are simply interested in cultural history. The only thing I'd say is that, as with many other documentaries, you wonder why it got a cinematic release and whether a BBC2 docmentary slot wouldn't have worked just as well.

GLASTONBURY played Berlin 2006 and was released in the UK in 2006 and in the US in 2007. It goes on release in France in July 2007 and is available on DVD.

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