Trish Dolman, Sally Blake
John Brower, Alice Cooper, Claudja Barry
In 1969, there were three music festivals that changed the world. Coined “the second most important event in rock & roll history” was a one-day event held at the University of Toronto’s 20,000 seat Varsity Stadium called the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival.
The Toronto Rock & Roll Revival (working title) tells the incredible back-door story of how – against all odds – a life-changing concert came together. The film reveals a series of colourful characters, murky deals and broken promises, culminating in John Brower, a young struggling promoter, putting his life on the line (literally) in order to achieve his goal. With dismal ticket sales, the concert was almost cancelled. But Brower took a one-in-a-million chance – inviting John Lennon, who astonishingly said yes – and it turned into a massively successful event. Included in the lineup were Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, The Doors, Alice Cooper, and John Lennon with The Plastic Onos – his first appearance without the Beatles, the band included Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White.
The film will uses a priceless cinematic archive that includes unreleased concert footage from D.A. Pennebaker’s original 16mm film, and a narrative primarily told through the eyes of those who were there – the legends on stage, the mavericks behind the scenes, and members of the audience who witnessed history in the making.