Depending on which face the English counter-cultural occultural magus Peter Whitehead decides to show you, he can be a seminal film maker; one of the world's leading falcon expert and procurer; a novelist with over twelve books under his belt (some can be read on-line at his website); alleged British intelligence operative (which of course he denies) and a pop video pioneer (having made very early videos for Marianne Faithful and the Rolling Stones).
Shot in the mid-sixties, 'Tonite Let's All Make Love In London' is a 1967documentary that captures the various themes personalities and music of an emerging psychedelic counter-cultural London. Featuring the sounds of early Pink Floyd The Animals and the Rolling Stones the film is interlaced with interviews with such sixties icons as Julie Christie David Hockney Mick Jagger and Andrew Loog Oldham as well as archive footage of the 1965 Albert Hall poetry reading (which Peter Whitehead released as the short documentary Wholly Communion posted elsewhere on my channel) and the 1967 gig and happening called The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream (held at Alexandra Palace as a fundraiser for the underground paper International Times which featured a number of bands and artists with a legendary performance from an early Pink Floyd released as the short documentary Pink Floyd London 66/67).
These two events are considered the ground zero of sixties UK psychedelic counter-culture and Peter Whitehead captured both events on film. The documentary also features cameo appearances from John Lennon and Yoko Ono (before they met) and incongruously Lee Marvin. Of course some of the scenes seem terribly dated (such as the interview with a swinging London dollybird which in these days of hyper-sexuality and slut walks seems almost quaint) and yet it reminds us of a time when thinking was not considered suspect and pop stars and film stars had more to say than simply "buy me".
There are so many classic moments in this film but my favourite moment has to be a young Vanessa Redgrave, dressed in rather fetching Cuban revolutionary chic at a political rally in the Albert Hall and haltingly singing the most famous Cuban song of them all 'Guantanamera'; the word poignant is made for these rare occasions when something entirely of the moment and yet simultaneously timeless is captured on film (to see her ingratiatingly bowing to British Royalty at a 2008 awards ceremony makes me wonder if I am missing something crucial).(jackamo23 /4 Jan.2012 )
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"The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream", organised by the "International Times", demonstrated the importance of the quickly developing UK Underground scene. Although "underground" venues such as the UFO Club were hosting counter-cultural bands, this was certainly the biggest indoor event at the time. Performers included headlining act Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Savoy Brown, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Soft Machine, The Move ,Sam Gopal's Dream (featuring Sam Gopal, Mick Hutchinson and Pete Sears).
International-Love-In Alexandra Palace 1967
The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
Tonite Lets All Make Love in London.
The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream,29th April 1967
Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (IMDb)
Soundtrack albums' track listings
Enjoy! The Tracks @ Enjoy the Film @ Enjoy the A 14hr Technicolor Dream dvd
Peter Whitehead’s disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled “A Pop Concerto,” comprises a number of different “movements,” each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A early version of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” plays behind some arty nightclub scenes, while Chris Farlowe’s rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Out of Time” accompanies a young woman’s description of London nightlife and the vacuousness of her own existence. In another segment, the Marquess of Kensington (Robert Wace) croons the nostalgic “Changing of the Guard” to shots of Buckingham Palace’s changing of the guard, and recording act Vashti are seen at work in the studio. Sandwiched between are clips of Mick Jagger (discussing revolution), Andrew Loog Oldham (discussing his future) – and Julie Christie, Michael Caine, Lee Marvin, and novelist Edna O’Brien (each discussing sex). The best part is footage of the riot that interrupted the Stones’ 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert
Features footage from the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream with musical accompaniment from Tomorrow
"Love In Festival" - Alexandra Palace, 29-07-1967 London
Technicolor Dream (Trailer)
The Flies at the '14 Hour Technicolour Dream'
Man Alive, 14 Hour Technicolour Dream - Part 1
Man Alive, 14 Hour Technicolour Dream - Part 2
Man Alive, 14 Hour Technicolour Dream - Part 3
Eric Burdon & The Animals (Live, 1967)
John Lennon 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
Soft Machine Live at UFO in 1967
PINK FLOYD UFO CLUB FEB '67 Nice Res. video
Pretty Things - LSD
Miles - The International Times - 1967 Interview London
London Scenes 1967 Promo
Tomorrow - 1967 My white Bicycle
The Syn - 14 hour technicolour dream
John's Children - at The 14 Hour Technicolour Dream!
Four + One (1966) - Pre-Tomorrow - Keith West
Sam Gopal - Sky Is Burning (1969), Pre-Motorhead!
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London (1967) John Lennon 1
Tonite Let's All Make Love In London (1967) John Lennon 2