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Live at the Isle of Wight

the cd features the complete live concert spoken word and poetry the dvd is a new documentary by murray lerner the entire concert plus backstage features and 2009 interviews with fellow festival performers joan baez judy collins bob johnston and kris kristofferson on august 31 1970 35yearold leonard cohen was awakened at 2 am from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual isle of wight music festival the audience of 600000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood after turning the festival into a political arena trampling the fences setting fire to structures and equipment and stoked by the most incendiary performance of jimi hendrix's career less than three weeks before his deathas cohen followed hendrix's set onlookers and fellow festival headliners joan baez kris kristofferson judy collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the canadian folksingersongwriterpoetnovelist quietly tamed the crowd academy awardwinning documentary filmmaker murray lerner whose footage of the 1970 festival did not begin to see release until 1995 was able to capture cohen's performance likewise columbia records staff aampr producer teo macero who was ostensibly there to record miles davis' set did a brilliant job of supervising cohen's live recording as well adding further historic provenance to this release is a newly commissioned 2000word liner notes essay written by veteran british rock journalist and bbc commentator sylvie simmons 'it was a brilliant performance' simmons writes and 'lerner's cameras captured cohen's commanding presence hypnotist's charm and an intimacy that would seem unfeasible in such a vast inhospitable space' as producer bob johnston sums up 'it was magical from the first moment to the last i've never seen anything like it he was just remarkable' the releases represent the 77minute concert set as performed by cohen and his backup band bob johnston cohen's nashvillebased columbia aampr staff producer and nashville musicians charlie daniels electric bass fiddle ron cornelius lead guitar and elkin 'bubba' fowler bass banjo they were joined by backup singers corlynn hanney susan musmanno and donna washburn during the course of their european tour which cohen only agreed to undertake if johnston producer of cohen's most recent lp songs from a room would manage him and organize the band the group began to call themselves the army owing to the battles they were subjected to by audiences on the road

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