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Greenwich Village: Music that Defined a Generation

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Laura Archibald

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About the Movie

An all-star cast of characters including Pete Seeger, Carly Simon, Richie Havens and Susan Sarandon came together in ‘60s Greenwich Village creating a social, cultural and political vortex through their desire to make change. Their stands against social and racial injustice through words and music went beyond their celebrity to create an everlasting effect on generations to come. A FilmBuff Presentation.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film's pleasures are the same ones offered by a sprawling, lavishly illustrated magazine spread. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jan 17, 2013

Fresh: Documentarian Laura Archibald has rounded up an impressive group of survivors ... – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jan 18, 2013

Fresh: Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation behaves altogether too much like the generation that got defined - yep, its starts out energetic and fresh only to age into tedious self-importance. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Mar 8, 2013

Rotten: Though lacking narrative focus, it offers rich impressions of a New York City artistic community that profoundly influenced American popular culture. – Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, May 30, 2013

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Customer Reviews


It will help you remember why we all thought we could change the world. Great for anyone 55+

Coming of age during troubling times. The answer is still blowing in the wind

Bought this on itunes because I was interested in hearing what history would remember about these troubled times. I was 15 when Woodstock happened but, folk and rock music helped form my world view from the time I was just a little fella. I bought my first record in 1961, I was 6 years old. "The pepperment twist" gave way to Elvis. Then in 64 The Beatles lead me into a broad expansion of my musical interests. At 15 I discovered Melanie Safkas music. Melanie, being from the Village hit it big after Woodstock happened. Melanie was no communist or socialist but was singing antiwar folk songs with a spiritual twist. (the spiritual twist is missing in this movie). Melanies music pulled at the heartstrings of teens like myself who were trying to find thier place in these crazy mixed up times. Melanie was antiwar but she wasn't pushy about it. She didn't hate money either. We are the ones (including Melanie) that became "Libertarian" in the 70s. As I grew into my 20s I, like so many other young hippies found faith in Jesus and moved on with our lives, Melanie never did. To this day she still records songs singing the praises of the "New Age Movement". The movie totally ignores the influence of the cult side of the folk music explosion. I guess that's another movie waiting to be made. In any case, this movie is well done and worth a look. As a 45 year fan of Melanie, I loved seeing her singing and dancing to "Lay down" on top of a giant oil tank. LOL I have never seen this video, how special was that !


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