Revival 69 showcases John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Little Richard, The Doors, Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, and other legendary musicians performing at the 1969 Toronto Rock and Roll Revival music festival. This behind-the-scenes look at “the second most important event in rock and roll history” culminates in John Lennon’s first public performance with The Plastic Ono Band, triggering his decision to leave the Beatles.

The documentary offers a lot of great music acts and a peek behind the scenes to see what was going on in the music scene before the 80’s. It is interesting and fun to explore what was going on behind the scenes aside from the yellow press assumptions which back then had ruled for decades. The balance between interviews and original footage is bearable. The footage has been nicely edited and the artists get a chance to be heard.

Director: Ron Chapman
Cast: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Alice Cooper, Little Richard, Chuck Berry
Rating: NR
Runtime: 1 hour 22 mins
Release Date: (Re-released) June 2024
Format: DCP
Audio:  7.1 Surround
Accessibility: Z-Screen subtitles, Audio Description (headphones), Assisted Listening (headphones)