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Swing In: muziekfilms van Wim van der Linden

Wim van der Linden was co-creator of the controversial VPRO television show Hoepla. Today three funky restorations by Eye of music films featuring Sly and the Family Stone and Earth and Fire.

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Eye screens three funky restorations of music films featuring Sly and the Family Stone and Earth and Fire.


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    Sly and the Family Stone

    Wim van der Linden’s documentary on legendary American funk pioneer Sly and the Family Stone performing in the German WDR programme Swing In. Featuring footage of the band’s concert at Cologne’s Rockpalast in 1970.

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    Ruby is the One

    Every trick in the bag of cinematographic laboratory techniques was used on the song Ruby is the One by Dutch pop group Earth and Fire in this short film that has the quality of a video clip and is brimming with colourful effects. The film was used in the 1970s to demonstrate to potential customers the full spectrum of ‘film factory’ Cinecentrum’s services.

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    Earth and Fire

    This music documentary on the Dutch pop group Earth and Fire made for the German WDR TV programme Swing In includes a show by the band and interviews with members of the fan club, manager Wim Bosman and frontwoman Jerney Kaagman. The show was recorded in Voorschoten, the band’s home base. Some of the crew members to be seen in the background would later achieve fame, like cameraman Jan de Bont and filmmaker and photographer Ed van der Elsken.

    The German WDR studio took things very seriously from the start, as is obvious from the live recording of Maybe Tomorrow Maybe Tonight. Drummer Ton van der Kleij recalls: ‘Including rehearsals, it could easily take up to three days to get it right for the tape – especially where the sound was concerned.'


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After having spent solitary months behind our computer screens, wouldn’t we all love to sing, dance and immerse ourselves in the psychedelic colours of Wim van der Linden’s films?

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