Us Festival 1982 Documentary Premiere on AXS TV

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A rock documentary many years in the works, is finally make its world premiere. Us Festival 1982: The Us Generation Documentary will bow on AXS TV, well known for its classic rock programming, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Pacific.

Today’s (Nov. 13) announcement by the network calls the film “an in-depth look at one of the most influential music festivals of all-time.”

The three-day festival ran on Sept. 3-4-5 and included performances by such classic rock acts as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Police, Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Santana, the B-52s, Ramones, the Cars and dozens more. The documentary features exclusive sit-downs with festival founder Steve Wozniak, Mick Fleetwood, Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Kate Pierson, Stewart Copeland, and Mickey Hart, among others.

Stevie Nicks singing lead on “Gypsy” during Fleetwood Mac’s performance at the 1982 Us Festival

The documentary is helmed by award-winning filmmaker and “rock-umentarian” Glenn Aveni, with Jay Cederholm serving as co-director, and is produced by Bruce Gibb and executive produced by Rich Schmig.

The filmmakers created a Kickstarter campaign to complete it.

From the announcement: “Blending rare concert footage with insightful interviews with both organizers and performers, The Us Generation tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Us Festival—an epic three-day event featuring an eclectic and unprecedented lineup boasting some of the biggest names in music, performing live in front of over two million people at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA.

Tom Petty performing a cover of “Shout” with the Heartbreakers at the 1982 Us Festival

“The Us Festival was the brainchild of Apple visionary Steve Wozniak, who wanted to create something that was a true celebration of Americana, cultivating positive vibes and building a deep sense of community through the power of technology and music.”

From the Kickstarter page: “The film runs approximately 100 minutes. 40% of that is live music from the show. The balance are crowd experiences and commentary, interviews and B-roll done at the event, and present-day interviews of artists and organizers. This comprises a narrative that will take you behind the scenes and make you feel like you were there.”

Watch the trailer of The Us Generation

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Related: Our On This Day feature from September 3, 1982

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