Jason C. Stanley

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Led Zeppelin Played Here (2014)

So did they or didn’t they?

led-zeppelin-played-hereA great documentary does two things. It tells a story, sometimes a story that no one else is willing to tell. And it answers a question. Filmmaker Jeff Krulik sets out to tackle both in Led Zeppelin Played Here. Krulik tries to determine if Led Zeppelin actually played at the Wheaton Youth Center on January 20, 1969. While his exploration does not actually answer the question, Krulik takes the audience on a humorous and entertaining journey to get that point.

For many January 20, 1969 was the day in which Richard Nixon was inaugurated as President. However, for many, this cold, cold day was framed in protest. There were alternative inauguration events happening all over the Washington, D. C. area. For others it was a day like all others, where teenagers hung out at the local youth center. And according to some, Led Zeppelin performed to a small crowd at the Wheaton Youth Center in Maryland.

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Paramount Theater

The historic Paramount theater in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Virginia Film Festival in 2013.

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