A new documentary focusing on the late Joe Cocker‘s famous 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour, as well as a star-studded 2015 Lockn’ Festival performance led by the Tedeschi Trucks Band that paid homage to the trek, will get its world premiere September 30 at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York.
The movie, titled Learning to Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, features archival footage of the original tour, scenes from the 2015 performance and interviews with musicians who participated in the trek, the tribute or both.
For the Lockn’ Festival performance, Derek Trucks, wife Susan Tedeschi and their band were joined by 12 of the original artists who were part of the Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour, including Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear, as well as such guest performers as The Black Crowes‘ Chris Robinson and ex-Traffic member Dave Mason.
The film features commentary from acclaimed music journalist David Fricke, and conversations with Trucks, Tedeschi, Robinson, Coolidge and many others, including the last interview with Russell, who died in 2016.
Learning to Live Together will get its North American theatrical release on October 22.
You can check out a trailer for the new documentary at Tedeschi Trucks Band’s official YouTube channel. In the preview, Fricke notes that the Mad Dogs & Englishmen Tour and its 1970 companion film “summarized what was possible, coming out of the ’60s — new community, new lessons in American soul, blues, R&B.”
Tedeschi and Trucks say of Learning to Live Together in a joint statement, “This film is a labor of love many years in the making, and we’re so proud to share the music and the stories of the men and women of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.”
For more info, visit MadDogsDoc.com.
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