The American Cinematheque is screening a number of classic music films this weekend at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica as part of their Wild Things: A Celebration of Rock Documentaries & Mods & Rockers series. All shows start at 7:30 pm and you can buy tickets here.  Note: movie bios are from the American Cinematheque site.

TONIGHT: Double Feature: Monterey Pop, 1968, Pennebaker Films, 78 min. Directed by D.A. Pennebaker. This salute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival revives the world-changing excitement brought on by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who and others.

Wattstax, 1973, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Dir. Mel Stuart. This landmark 1972 concert teamed soul music with Black Pride – and was dubbed the “black Woodstock.” The film presents a slew of great Stax Records artists performing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, including Rufus & Carla Thomas, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor Kim Weston the Bar-Kays and closing act Isaac Hayes. We also experience the churches, shops and streets of Watts, just seven years after the race riots that scarred the city.

Check out the rest of the weekend’s schedule after the jump.

SATURDAY: Woodstock (The Director’s Cut), 1970, Warner Bros., 228 min. Dir. Michael Wadleigh. If any film captured the heady idealism and the great music of the late 1960s, this is it. The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana – need we say more?

SUNDAY: Double feature: Heavy Metal, 1981, Sony Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Gerald Potterton. The artwork of Heavy Metal magazine reaches the screen in a series of dazzling episodes created by a variety of top animation studios. Classic rock tracks by Cheap Trick, Journey, Black Sabbath and others co-exist with a superb (and criminally underrated) Elmer Bernstein score to create a feast for the eyes and ears.

American Pop, 1981, Sony Repertory, 96 min. Dir. Ralph Bakshi. The bouncing and bruising story of four sets of fathers and sons, this is Bakshi’s musical cruise through rock’n roll history, fueled by classic tunes from Gershwin, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Seger, and dozens of others.

The Mods & Rockers film series will continue in late August with screenings of Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror, Festival, Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 and more.  For additional information about the screenings, click here.



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