Fans of classic rock and roll and David Bowie and Genesis in particular, are going to have reasons to rejoice. It appears that the film taken of The Atomic Sunrise Festival, which took place in London’s famed Roundhouse Club during March 1970, has been unearthed. The Festival has pretty much been all but forgotten about in the shadows of a music fan’s recall as larger festivals during that time like Woodstock and Isle of Wight are more firmly planted in one’s consciousness. Until now.
What’s even more mindblowing about this film are the guises David Bowie and Genesis are in during that time. Bowie was just making the switch from being a poor man’s Donovan/Syd Barrett with his records in which his musical style was decidedly pagan and folksy, and decided to amp things up a little bit more with the addition of a new guitarist he just was able to corral at the time, the late Mick Ronson, who turned out to be a key figure in the birth of glam music and the glam sounds in particular. With Bowie and even Tony Visconti, the American producer who also gave a perfect amount of musical shellac as the producer of Bowie’s subsequent releases after this gig and T-Rex and many others, the lineup, called The Hype, probably sounds like anything but, as will now be evidenced when the film is released. If anything, the band should act as an on-ramp to the glam land Bowie wound up residing in for the next couple of years, propelling his way to superstardom.
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