“1982: The US Generation”
The Authorized Story
This film is the authorized story of the 1982 Us Festival and features remastered live performances of the Police, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and more. I was out of the country when this festival took place but I understand that it is considered one of the most influential music festivals of all time.
The Us Generation was directed by award winning filmmaker and rockumentarian Glenn Aveni and it is fascinating and fun from start to finish. The film is made up of rare concert footage and interviews with both organizers and performers. The 1982 Us Festival was an epic three-day event featuring an eclectic and unprecedented lineup of some of the biggest names in music, performing live in front of over one million people at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA. It was the brainchild of Apple visionary Steve Wozniak, who wanted to create something that was a true celebration of Americana. His idea was to cultivate positive vibes and building a deep sense of community through the power of technology and music. There are performances by superstars Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, alt-rock trio The Police, blues rock heroes Fleetwood Mac, guitar virtuoso Carlos Santana, retro-chic favorites The B-52s, and new wave icons The Cars; as well as appearances by Johnny & Joey Ramone, Carlos Santana, Sting, Ric Ocasek, Danny Elfman, and Fred Schneider; plus exclusive sit-downs with festival founder Steve Wozniak, Mick Fleetwood, Eddie Money, Marky Ramone, Kate Pierson, Stewart Copeland, and Mickey Hart, among others.
Unfortunately there is no movie of the entire concert and what was released here is only parts of songs. There is great music and fun loving people. I had a great time watching it.