Matthew Kennedy: "Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s"
What happened to film musicals? In Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, film historian Matthew Kennedy explores the steep decline of a beloved genre in an era fated to reinvent American art and culture. Roadshow! is the story of deeply talented but often misguided men and women who went in search of “the next Sound of Music” and glutted the American film market with a spate of appallingly expensive and financially ruinous musicals between 1967 and 1972, and the few successes could not mitigate the disaster. Roadshow! offers an alternative view of a time too often reduced to love beads and sit-ins. Though routinely overlooked by cultural and film historians, these films matter in the story of America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Told in swift chronology with interweaving narratives, Roadshow! tells of the studios' death grip on the film business, done in largely by expensive reserve-seat tickets to these ill-timed, overproduced après garde musicals. Kennedy will be in our store on Saturday night, April 12 to discuss his new book and show a few clips. Join us for a night of fun, film, music, and era-appropriate free cocktails (for those of age)!