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ARTE - 2014 - 60 Min.

Mafici Argentina, Taoyuan Documentary Festival Taiwan

San Francisco

The Sound Of The Bay

a film by Claus Bredenbrock und Pagonis Pagonakis

San Francisco - Hippie capital, center of Flower Power, celebrated in songs like "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie or "San Franciscan Nights" by Eric Burdon. Hits that emerged in 1967, the year that went down as the "Summer of Love" in the history of popular music. Nearly forty years later, the city still attracts millions of visitors from around the world. But things have changed a lot at the Golden Gate since the sixties - not only musically. Back then, the music scene was dominated by bands which since have become legends: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish, and Carlos Santana. But everlasting peace and harmony can be too much of a good thing – and by the late 1970s the Dead Kennedys shook the Sunshine State out of its eternal dream of love and happiness. "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" was the title of their album that criticized the hippie years. The song "California U?ber Alles" sneers at the West Coast’s self-complacent attitude. In other respects too, San Francisco and the Bay Area were a far cry from their self-proclaimed peaceful image: In the early 1960s Berkeley was rocked by bitter disputes over the freedom of speech, and the Black Panther Party was founded in neighboring Oakland in 1966 as a sign of an increasingly powerful civil rights movement in the U.S. As a response, Sly and the Family Stone from San Francisco made an album entitled "There's a Riot Goin' On", a successful blend of funk, soul, rock, psychedelic Soul, and Rhythm and Blues. In addition to old and new hits from San Francisco, this film shows the special significance of city’s music scene. Until today, the Bay Area shapes new social and technical developments – not least because of the cutting- edge research at the universities of Berkeley and Stanford and the communication companies in Silicon Valley. A buzzing creative center that sets the pace for the rest of the world – something that can also be heard in the city’s music.


Camera:                  Editing:                       Editor:

Bernd Meiners        Karl-Heinz Satzger      Sabine Rollberg

Randall Love                                               Peter Sommer

Rainer Friedrich