Greenwich Village: The Music That Defined a Generation

First time director Laura Archibald crystallizes the Golden Era between 1961 and 1973 when musicians, poets, artists and other creative malcontents gave voice and melody to one of the most chaotic and inspiring periods of American history with her film Greenwich Village: The Music That Defined a Generation. ''We had chosen to be part of a musically relevant social cultural experience, and we were giving it our best,'' eyewitness and folk music matriarch Judy Collins recalls. Turns out, their best was very, very good. In the 2012 documentary, we also hear from the crème de la crème of similarly inspired souls, including singers, songwriters and philosophers Tom Chapin, José Feliciano, Arlo Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Don McLean, Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow. Together, these diverse genii found accommodating stages in New York's bohemian Greenwich Village, lending a more pronounced, more-focused-than-San-Francisco's super-druggy-West-Coast beat to The Beat Generation. Simultaneously, they provided cantata to the dawn of JFK's civil rights Camelot, through LBJ's bloody Vietnam and the fall of the House of Nixon.

1 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Fridays. Through July 12. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. For information call 713-639-7515 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Thu., July 4, 1 p.m.; Fri., July 5, 12 & 7 p.m., 2013

 
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