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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival (1996)

In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and... See full summary »

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Murray Lerner

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Murray Lerner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ian Anderson ... Himself (Jethro Tull)
Joan Baez ... Herself
Martin Barre Martin Barre ... Himself (Lead guitarist, Jethro Tull)
John Bonham ... Himself
Clive Bunker Clive Bunker ... Himself (Drummer, Jethro Tull)
Chick Churchill Chick Churchill ... Himself (Ten Years After)
Leonard Cohen ... Himself
Billy Cox ... Himself (Jimi Hendrix's Bassist)
Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)
Miles Davis ... Himself
John Densmore ... Himself (The Doors)
Donovan ... Himself
The Doors ... Themselves
Graeme Edge Graeme Edge ... Himself (The Moody Blues)
Emerson Lake and Palmer ... Themselves
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In August 1970 600,000 fans flocked to the Isle of Wight to witness the third and final festival to be held on the island. Besides the music, they also got a look at the greed, cynicism and corruption that would plague the music industry for years to come. They also witnessed the final, drugged out performance of Jimi Hendrix in England just two weeks before he would meet a tragic death. When it all was over, the fans view of rock and roll was never the same. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message of Love: The Isle of Wight Festival: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last major performance of Jimi Hendrix in England. See more »

Quotes

Rikki Farr: Himself (Master of Ceremonies): Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, want it, want it, want it. Bread man bread, pay, pay, pay.
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Sinner Boy
Written by Rory Gallagher
Performed by Taste
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great concert footage, good in-between bits
25 June 2006 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

For fans of the musical acts that performed at this one of a kind concert, Isle of Wight is a must-see look. The interview sections are not of the high quality of those of Woodstock where you might have taken away something from what was being said. Here it's mostly a lot of ultra-hippie types (one who apparently gave his 3 year old son acid and pot), as well as some British fellows who run the concert. These interviews are OK enough on their own, and maybe the biggest liability from Lerner on this end as well as the music is in the editing. It's only a 2 hour film, which regrettably (like Monterrey Pop) is way too short in viewing such a monumental moment (and fleeting one like Altamont) in such a short running time. Still, almost every musical act is worth checking out in their limited time frame, and a little extra sadness comes along in seeing that a few of these people didn't live long after the concert ended. Some of the memorable acts include the Doors (all too brief of course), Jimi Hendrix (ditto), the Who, Miles Davis (in different form from his 50's days), Ten Years After, the Moody Blues, and Free.


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