Us Festival 1982 Making-Of Documentary to DVD/Blu-ray

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A rock documentary many years in the works, is finally being released on Blu-ray and DVD. The Us Generation: The Making of the 1982 Us Festival, featuring performances by such classic rock acts as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Police, Fleetwood Mac, the Kinks, Santana, and many more, was released on Aug. 10 via MVD Entertainment.

The three-day festival ran on Sept. 3-4-5, 1982, and also included 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.

Order it on Blu-ray.

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

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

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 one 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.

Roughly 40% of the film is live music from the show. The balance is 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: The Making of the 1982 Us Festival

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

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