“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to…”
Chuck Berry introduces acts from the 1964 Teenage Awards Music International — including Bo Diddley, the Supremes, the Ronettes, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, and the Rolling Stones.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this early concert film featuring hit American and British rock groups of the day is “silly, innocent fun”, with “some of the most cheerful acts you’ve ever seen.” Cinematically, the film is fairly standard concert fare, and the frenzied on-stage dancers are embarrassingly bad; nonetheless, “as a record of the ’64 music scene, it’s priceless.” My favorite acts (though naturally everyone will have their own) include Bo Diddley performing “Hey, Bo Diddley”; Lesley Gore singing “You Don’t Own Me” (featuring the film’s most creative camerawork); a handsome young Marvin Gaye singing several ballads; James Brown sashaying across the stage on one foot; and, naturally, the Rolling Stones (I especially love the way the camera captures Mick Jagger’s happy exhaustion at the end of each song).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Countless musical greats gathered together for a powerhouse good time
- An invaluable snapshot of the 1964 rock music scene
Yes, simply as a musical time-capsule.