Carl Simring was a young man connected to the “A list” of 1960’s rock promoters and musicians. Several of Carl’s friends were involved in the organization of the original Woodstock Festival. These friends allowed Carl a prime spot on the Woodstock  stage to film whatever he chose during the three day festival.  Using his Sony Portapak CV220, considered the first mobile video camera, he filmed away all weekend. The result is an astounding alternate library of Woodstock performances, many of them  preserved ONLY by  Carl and his Sony Portapak.  Electrifying performances by THE WHO, JANIS JOPLIN, GRATEFUL DEAD, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, MOUNTAIN and several others were filmed by Carl, most of which never made it to the “Woodstock”  Warner Brothers film or any of it’s companion releases.  Historic Films is proud to offer this one of a kind glimpse of this historic 1960’s cultural event.

Highlights from our Library:

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    Kent State Demonstrations

    1970 Kent State student demonstrations captured on 8mm recently re-discovered and available to license! Browse…
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    WOODSTOCK 1969 - The Amalie Rothschild Collection

    This collection includes footage from the ORIGINAL Woodstock Festival, filmed in 16mm color by Amalie Rothschild. Browse…
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    From the legendary Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan to Mississippi John Hurt and hundreds more. They have all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival. Browse…
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    CBGB Nightclub 1975

    Historic Films is proud to announce its representation of this important collection, featuring concerts filmed at the legendary CBGB music club in New York City. Browse…

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ALTERNATE BEAT TV was born from the love of music. Started in Cleveland, OH in 1987 when Patrick Wilbraham, musician, introduced Tom Common, video director, to John Latimer, music business professional and together the three sat down and scripted a rough idea for a new show. Common’s background in television combined with Latimer’s contacts in the music industry was a perfect combination for something new and fresh.

The first band that Latimer lined up was the Psychedelic Furs when they performed at the Blossom Music Center near Cleveland, Ohio. After that, it became obvious that this was a viable venture.

Some notable interviews include: The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Echo and the Bunnymen, Concrete Blonde, The Sugarcubes, The Replacements, New Order, The Smithereens, The Bodeans, Adrian Belew, Faith No More, Crowded House, Jerry Harrison, Love and Rockets, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Alarm, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and many more

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