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In the summer of 1970, the year after Woodstock and Altamont, a crazy collection of future legends of rock and roll took a train across Canada, playing (in every sense of the word) en route as well as stopping for concerts in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

The Band, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and a dozen lesser lights sang, drank, and communed across the map between June 27 and July 4, while cameras recorded the escapade. “This was kind of like a traveling circus,” remembers Ken Pearson, a member of Joplin’s band. “It was a train full of insane people careening across the Canadian countryside,” Dead guitarist Phil Lesh recalls. People got very little sleep, Buddy Guy says, “because every time I went to bed I was afraid I was gonna miss something.”

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John Marsh on September 3rd, 2006 at 8:57 am 

vintage footage is pristine. film lacks edge and detail, kinda soft in approach to subject. I’msure there is a more dynamaic film in all the raw material. nonetheless, I liked the film, and it looks great.

Karim on September 17th, 2015 at 2:57 am 

I’m doing a school pjoerct on CARCA and would like to know how i can get a copy of your documentary. Ive heard its amazing and very instructional. Thanks

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