Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal (2005)
In the early '60s, revolutionary music producer and promoter Harold Leventhal's contributions to the American folk scene forever changed the face of modern music. In addition to being the man who gave Bob Dylan his first major concert hall performance, Leventhal also managed such folk legends as the Weavers, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Arlo Guthrie. In this tribute film to Leventhal, named after director Jim Brown's 1982 documentary The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time!, filmmaker Brown weaves interview footage with Arlo Guthrie and other longtime folk specialists in with footage from Leventhal's 2003 Thanksgiving weekend concert at Carnegie Hall. In addition to offering live performance footage of Peter, Paul, and Mary and The Weavers, this tribute concert also features performances by Leon Bibb, Theodore Bikel, Tao Rodriguez-Singer, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Johnny Irion. … More
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An alternately invigorating, intoxicating, nostalgic and uplifting testament to the intrepid activists of a bygone era when Americans felt much more comfortable challenging authority.
If feelings stir within you when you hear 'Goodnight, Irene' and 'Wimoweh' and 'This Land Is Your Land' and 'If I Had a Hammer' and 'Midnight Special' and 'Rock Island Line,' then the Weavers are a part of you.
Jim Brown's touching documentary is about folk musicians who organized and performed a Thanksgiving 2003 tribute concert to the distinguished manager and promoter who launched their careers.
There's no mocking the determination of these time-tempered artists, who reminisce about the past and worry about the future: It's clear that they'll go to their graves singing out against the world's wrongs.
Leventhal, who died two months ago, couldn't have asked for a better memorial than Isn't This a Time!
Any opportunity to see Pete Seeger perform, even at age 85, is worth taking -- and Seeger is front, center and full-throated in Jim Brown's concert film.
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