A Mighty Wind

Synopsis: When folk icon Irving Steinbloom passed away, he left behind a legacy of music and a family of performers he has shepherded to folk stardom. To celebrate a life spent submerged in folk, Irving's loving son Jonathan has decided to put together a memorial concert featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians. There's Mitch and Mickey, who were the epitome of young love until their partnership was torn apart by heartbreak; classic troubadours The Folksmen, whose records were endlessly entertaining for anyone able to punch a hole in the center to play them; and The New Main Street Singers, the most meticulously color-coordinated neuftet ever to hit an amusement park. Now for one night only in New York City's Town Hall, these three groups will reunite and gather together to celebrate the music that almost made them famous.
Genre: Comedy, Music
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Production: Castle Rock Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 27 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

everyone went there.

-He was singing, he was backing people up--

-I thought I was a guitar player at the time.

If you have enough vibrato on those blue

Fender guitars, you sound like a surf king.

I was drawn to the folk music as well

and I wound up down at The Folk Place...

...and met these two guys.

I could play the guitar. I could sing right

in the middle there, mostly sang for myself.

-Not a bad-looking gent, to boot.

-No, that's true. That didn't hurt.

We ended up getting together

and it just kind of...

-It clicked.

-It clicked.

And Mr. Irving Steinbloom came down

and he signed us to Folk Town...

-...which was the label to be on.

-Terrific label.

Later on we were

kind of moved down the food chain...

...to the Folk Tone label

which was a subsidiary.

It was a decent label,

they just didn't have the distribution.

-They didn't have any distribution.

-No distribution at all.

And the covers were printed

in two colors instead of four...

...which I noticed was a problem.

And they had no hole

in the center of the record--

No, you had to provide it yourself.

So the people complained

that you'd get this vinyl, in those days...

-...and it's up to you to center it.

-It would teeter crazily on the spindle.

And that was, of course, we had

no control over that aspect of it.

They were still good records.

Good product.

If you punched a hole in them,

you'd have a good time.

It's scary but it's true

So do what the Good Book tells you to

I guess it was in about 1958

in Greenwich Village.

My partner Chuck Wiseman

and myself had gotten together...

...with Fred Knox and Bill Weyburn.

We were lucky to be joined by one

of the greatest talents of our generation...

...any generation, as a matter of fact,

Ramblin' Sandy Pitnik.

And we became the Village Folk Ensemble.

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Christopher Guest

Christopher Haden-Guest, 5th Baron Haden-Guest (born February 5, 1948), usually simply known as Christopher Guest, is a British-American screenwriter, composer, musician, director, actor, and comedian who holds dual British and American citizenship. Guest is most widely known in Hollywood for having written, directed and starred in his series of comedy films shot in mock-documentary (mockumentary) style. Many scenes and character backgrounds in Guest's films are written and directed, although actors have no rehearsal time and the ensemble improvise scenes while filming them. The series of films began with This Is Spinal Tap (directed by Rob Reiner), and continued with Waiting for Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Guest holds a hereditary British peerage as the 5th Baron Haden-Guest, and has publicly expressed a desire to see the House of Lords reformed as a democratically elected chamber. Though he was initially active in the Lords, his career there was cut short by the House of Lords Act 1999, which removed the right of most hereditary peers to a seat in the parliament. When using his title, he is normally styled as Lord Haden-Guest. Guest is married to the actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis. more…

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