'Glastonbury Fayre: 1971 The True Spirit Of ...'
(Arthur Brown, Fairport Convention, Melanie, Hawkwind, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1972) 2018 / Odeon Entertainment - MVD Visual)
Overview: Shot by acclaimed director, Nic Roeg, Glastonbury Fayre is an enthralling music film of the first Glastonbury festival to have the pyramid stage.
Blu-ray Verdict: Free to all and with a line-up that included Melanie, Terry Reid, Family, Fairport Convention, Traffic, Linda Lewis, Arthur Brown, the true spirit of Glastonbury is there for all to see in this unique film record.
Watching this incredible flashback cinematic homage to one of the greatest outdoor, open air rock festivals to have ever taken place, is like a trip back that you never knew you even needed/wanted to experience ... but are SO glad you slipped visually into!
The film is the first attempt to document the Glastonbury Festival which in 1971 was in its second year. 'Glastonbury Fayre' is also notable for being photographed by Nicolas Roeg and being one of the first films produced by David Puttnam.
Indeed, when original director Roeg became unavailable to complete work on this movie, second unit director Peter Neal took on the job of assembling the footage and on the original print was given sole director's credit.
This new Blu-ray release has amended the end titles to replace his name with Roeg's, while Neal is now listed as Completion Director.
A wondrous mix of performances from the likes of Arthur Brown and Fairport Convention, as well as scenes of festival-goers enjoying the festival, sadly it does not however feature any footage of David Bowie; who played at dawn - but he is on the soundtrack, which is rather nice.
But what we learn along the way makes up for any missing visual performances, such as it had been planned by Andrew Kerr and Arabella Churchill; who felt all other festivals at the time were over commercialized.
It was paid for by the few who supported the ideal so the entrance was free and took a medieval tradition of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment.
Indeed, it was in this year that the first “pyramid” stage was constructed out of scaffolding and expanded metal covered with plastic sheeting, built on a site above the Glastonbury-Stonehenge ley line.
The musicians who performed recorded a now very rare album, but, weirdly, it features no performances in common with the film!
In fact, and interestingly enough, the festival was actually moved to the time of the Summer Solstice and was originally known as, and entitled, the “Glastonbury Fair."
Captured “a la Woodstock” by a 1972 film crew that included the aforementioned Nick Roeg, Sandy Lieberson and Si Litvinoff, this enterprising and most certainly eye-opening film was then renamed “Glastonbury Fayre”.
So, come one come all and watch as thousands of flower-power children openly smoke pot, dance naked, roll around in the mud and dance for peace in our time here in the just-released on Blu-ray 'Glastonbury Fayre: 1971 The True Spirit Of Glastonbury.' This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.37:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Audio Commentary with Director Nic Roeg
The making of Glastonbury Fayre