WPKN Music on Film Series - The T.A.M.I. Show - 1964 Concert Film
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WPKN Music on Film Series - The T.A.M.I. Show - 1964 Concert Film

All Ages
Film of live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s.

Artists include James Brown, Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.

T.A.M.I. Show is a 1964 concert film released by American International Pictures. The concert was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29, 1964. Free tickets were distributed to local high school students. The acronym "T.A.M.I." was used inconsistently in the show's publicity to mean both "Teenage Awards Music International" and "Teen Age Music International".

The best footage from the two concert dates was combined into the film, which was released on December 29, 1964. Jan and Dean emceed the event and performed its theme song, "Here They Come (From All Over the World)"

The early '60s were a time of big ideas and big projects, and television producer Bill Sargent was a man of the times. He had a new filming technology called "Electronovision," a precursor of digital cameras, and he decided to showcase it with an all-star rock 'n' roll concert documentary. The performances were given the clumsy title Teenage Awards Music International and the catchy acronym The T.A.M.I. Show. However, Sargent ran out of funds and lost all rights to his project almost immediately, and for decades, it remained the most famous never-seen music show for decades.

The theatrical trailer for The T.A.M.I. Show describes it as a "once-in-a-lifetime experience," and I'm glad to say that's an understatement. The T.A.M.I. Show is a unique concert, never to be repeated. The closest parallel I can think of to its power and range is John Hammond's "From Spirituals to Swing" concerts of 1938 and '39, and those weren't filmed.

The look of the T.A.M.I. Show was also groundbreaking and influential. The bonus commentary from music critic Don Waller and director Steve Binder offers a host of backstage tidbits and fascinating comments. Binder says that what you want out of a filmed concert is the view from front row center, with no weird angles and edits only when there's a reason to do so. And this is what you get with The T.A.M.I. Show. The audience-view perspective is a tradition that continued when Binder later directed Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special, and you can see it in outstanding latter-day concert films like Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense. Binder also offers overdue homage to the lively effect of go-go dancers and tells you which one is Terri Garr as she dances past Marvin Gaye.

Venue Information:
Bijou Theatre
275 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT, 06605