Canterbury: the jazz-rocker's tale




A crowd-funded documentary about the 1960-70s Canterbury music scene behind the emergence of British jazz-rock bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan and Gong is in production

A new film exploring the origin and evolution of the Canterbury music scene of the 60s/70s, featuring interviews with John Etheridge and Roy Babbington, live clips, photographs and archival footage, will soon be released as Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales. It's the third instalment of the trilogy Romantic Warriors - A Progressive Saga by film-makers Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder of Zeitgeist Media, and its completion and distribution will be funded by a crowdfunding project on indiegogo.com.

The film will look at the history and development of the Canterbury scene and its role in the genesis of jazz rock, featuring bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Wilde Flowers and The Muffins that emerged during the era.

According to the crowdfunding page, about 80% of the film has already been made including interviews with a wide range of musicians from the period (including Pye Hastings, Brian Hopper and David Sinclair), but extra funds from fans of the music are now required to complete the film, as well as contributing to the costs of post-production, sound mixing and distribution.

At the time of writing (1 July 2014), $11,660 has been raised of the $20,000 goal. Perks for donating to the project include postcards sent from Robert Wyatt (pictured) to fan Dan Burke in 1971-73, limited edition DVDs, the opportunity to screen the film before its release and a named thank you in the end credits.

YouTube carries an engaging introduction to the film from the directors plus a preview clip. In-depth text detail of the film's contents is on the campaign's indiegogo.com page. Our thanks to jazz-rock activist Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune records for this news.

Sally Evans-Darby


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