by Jonathan Baylis
Published: November 20, 2008
It's been a Pink Floyd year for me. Somehow I've come across Pink
Floyd specials and Syd Barrett docus wherever I looked (Well, I guess
I was looking at VH1 Classic). So when "A Technicolor Dream" crossed
my path, I just let it flow over me like a psychedelic haze.
The title refers to the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a benefit concert
that took place in London in 1967, the heyday of the hippie, flower
child, beat generation, counter culture (or whatever you want to call
it) movement. The concert featured not only music by John Lennon &
Yoko Ono (it's where they met!), Soft Machine, and The Pretty Things,
but headlining the show was the house band of the underground
movement, Pink Floyd.
Now, you'd think a documentary about such an exciting time in culture
and music could be thrilling, but unfortunately, it was rather
plodding. It's not that the interviews were poor. You had the main
protagonists of the scene, like John "Hoppy" Hopkins and Barry Miles,
who organized it, as well as Nick Mason and Roger Waters from Pink
Floyd. But it just seemed a little unfocused and unsure of itself.
And for a docu about music, there seemed to be little of it, when I
feel that the music should have driven the entire piece, if only give
you a better context.
This one's really for die-hard fans of the time period or just Pink
The extras include three early Pink Floyd "videos" featuring original
member Syd Barrett, a truly tragic character: "Arnold Layne",
"Scarecrow", and a live performance of "Astronomy Divine".
Also included are extended interviews with the subjects.