Fillmore (Richard T. Heffron, 1972, USA, 105 min.)
Part of Strange Brew: Cult Films presented by The Webster Film Series at Schlafly Bottleworks
Presented in Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, MO 63143.
Legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in 1971 with 5 nights of all-star concerts, the last curtain going down on July 4. The storied San Francisco venue had become an institution of the ’60s and, now, an essential element of the mythology of rock ‘n’ roll. Graham made sure the Fillmore West was sent off in a blaze of glory. The madness leading up to the shows and the concerts themselves were filmed for this. Artists include Lamb, Cold Blood, Hot Tuna, Rowan Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Grateful Dead, It’s A Beautiful Day, Elvin Bishop Group, and Santana.
When the legendary Fillmore West closed its doors in 1971, all of the biggest names in rock music showed up for the sendoff—in the five nights before the final curtain, everyone from the Grateful Dead to Santana graced the infamous stage for one last set. This engaging documentary looks back at the Fillmore’s glory days, and underlines its importance to the musicians who created the “San Francisco Sound.”