Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is helping make a feature-length documentary about the so-called “Woodstock of the ’80s” — the 1982 US Festival, which featured Talking Heads, Oingo Boingo, The B-52s, The Cars, Ramones, Gang of Four and more — to be released this Labor Day weekend on the event’s 30th anniversary.
According to a news release (via Waist High), Woz’s UNUSON Corporation is teaming with ICON Television Music and Plum Moving Media to make “The US Generation,” a 90-minute film featuring new interviews and original audio and video from the festival that’s been newly remastered. The film currently is scheduled to be released Sept. 3.
Carlos Harvey, CFO of UNUSON, says in the statement:
“This film is the only authorized and sanctioned documentary of the 1982 US Festival. It captures the cultural essence of the festival and tells the behind-the-scenes stories the fans will appreciate. I’ve had thousands of calls and e-mails from attendees over the years about when we’ll release a film about the US Festival. After 30 years it seems like the right time so the fans can relive the experience and we can create new fans, too.”
More than 375,000 people attended the first of two US Festivals on 57 acres at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, Calif., over Labor Day weekend in 1982, baking under the 110-degree sun to see three days of music and five tents’ worth of technology exhibits featuring the “latest in cutting-edge computers, software, video games and electronic musical devices.”
The event’s first day featured a cutting-edge music bill, with most of the aforementioned acts playing in a lineup headlined by The Police. The second and third days featured more mainstream fare, with performances by the likes of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac and The Grateful Dead.
Although it doesn’t appear the film will touch on the second festival, the 1983 installment was spread over four days, drew nearly twice as many people and featured a lineup that included The Clash, David Bowie and U2, plus the event’s famous “Metal Day,” with Van Halen, Scorpions, Motley Crue and more.
Wozniak, in the news release, says: “The US Festival was not a charity event. It was a rock concert to bring music, technology and people together. It was an event to unite government, industry, science and education to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
Below, check out some footage from the ’82 festival: