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The trailer for “Learning To Live Together: The Return Of Mad Dogs & Englishmen” an upcoming music documentary revisiting the event, tour and eventually the film “Mad Dogs & the Englishmen” has been released. The film will premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on the last week of this month before a limited theatrical run in October.
The film is directed by Jesse Lauter and shifts between Joe Cocker’s 1970 tour through clips from the original “Mad Dogs” film, and footage from the Tedeschi Trucks Band’s commemorative gig at the Lockn’ Festival in 2015. The film also features interviews with the surviving players of the original shows, along with key players that span generations.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band footage is a result of the band wanting to work with Joe Cocker in 2014 in tradition with Lockn’ annual presentation of a special, one-time get-together performance, however, Cocker bowed out last minute likely due to lung cancer that would later take his life later that year in December. In honor of his memory the following year Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, and John Bell filling in for Cocker’s vocals, performed for nearly four hours at Lockn’ 2015.
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks posted the following on Instagram:
A post shared by Tedeschi Trucks Band (@derekandsusan)
Watch the Trailer Below:
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I was a student when the film came out. There were very few R & R movies at that time. We went to the movies to see it 8 weeks in a row. Great music made in a chaotic environment. I heard the TTB play their tribute to that tour on the Lockn’ webcast and they really captured the sound and atmosphere. Would like to see that film again after all these years but it never shows on cable, not even on AXS TV. Where is it?
I’m 65 now and every so I someone asks, “what was the best concert you ever saw” and having worked at the Fillmore East and mango other venues then I more than often hear myself saying “ Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, even the most educated say “who were they opening for”? They were in my humble opinion the essence of Rock and Roll. As a 15 year old seeing this on his birthday in The Fillmore East one of the top moments in live music in my lifetime. Bravo Derek and Susan and Susan Wolf for honoring this historic band.
I was a mad Cocker fan in the Seventies but living in Australia the best I could do was go see the movie so I went, at least nine times. When Joe finally got to Australia in 1972 he was deported by our then reactionary conservative government for marihuana possession before his tour got to my city. I was devastated. I finally got see him live about 1980 and subsequently many times after that. He always put on a great show. I think his voice lost that gravel-pit magnificence to some extent in later life but I have a great collection of his music and will always be a fan. I will certainly go and see “Learning to Live Together” as soon as it is available.
I was 12, living on the Naval base in Kodiak Alaska when the movie came out. My parents let me go to the base theater by myself, in the winter to see it. I had been learning to play guitar since I was 8, and this movie instantly set the path I followed as a musician. I can still see in my mind Leon creeping up behind Joe, and tapping him o thee ass with that black Les Paul Custom.
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