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Synopsis: Featuring poignant interviews with Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Don McLean, Peter Yarrow, Arlo Guthrie, Lucy and Carly Simon, Tom Chapin and Judy Collins, among dozens of other music luminaries, GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION combines talking heads with rare archival footage to tell a story about a community that created a generation-defining music.

Greenwich Village was the birthplace of the singer/songwriter and songs of love and relationships.

Between 1961-1973, many musicians in The Village banded together to sing about the radical social upheaval of the time. As these new singers emerged, Greenwich blossomed as a place that promoted a better future. Their music challenged the status quo by singing about taboo subjects – fighting for civil liberties, protesting the Vietnam War, and holding governments accountable for their actions.

Their views, which were controversial at the time, weren’t always greeted with open arms. On Sunday April 9, 1961, over 500 young musicians gathered in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square to sing folk songs to promote peace and harmony. This act of passive protest resulted in riot squads attacking singers and civilians alike with billy clubs, leading to several arrests.

The incident became known around the world as the Washington Square Folk Riot and was cited as the first ‘freedom of speech’ revolt. It also made Greenwich Village a beacon of hope for an entire generation. And this is just one of the important stories which make up the vibrant history of The Village music scene.

GREENWICH VILLAGE: MUSIC THAT DEFINED A GENERATION is the amazing untold story about the very people whose music helped change the world.


Documentary / Music





Run Time

92 minutes


Oscar Brand
Eddie Brennan
Kris Kristofferson
Pete Fornatale
Terri Thal
Steve Earle
Eric Andersen
John Sebastian
Happy Traum
Tom Paxton
Paul Colby
Michelle Phillips
John Flynn
Kenny White
Owen Elliot
John Doherty
Tom Bernardin
Doug Yeager
Don McLean
Peter Yarrow
Arlo Guthrie
David Amram
Carolyn Hester
Susan Sarandon
Pete Seeger
Lucy and Carly Simon
Tom Chapin
Sonny Ochs
Judy Collins
Jose Feliciano
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Ian Tyson
Sylvia Tyson
The Chapin Sisters
Ben Taylor
Israel Horovitz

Directed by

Laura Archibald

Written by

Laura Archibald
Rob Lindsay
Kevin Wallis

Produced by

Laura Archibald
Nicolas Kleiman
Rob Lindsay
Kevin Wallis

Executive Producer

Joe Cecala

Edited by

Nicolas Kleiman


Pete Howell

Official selection

Doc NYC Festival - USA - 2012

Santa Barbara International Film Festival - USA - 2013


Makes you wish you'd been there too, hearing it all for the first time. - Jay Stone ,

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