40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE [Paladin]. The documentary chronicles how one of their greatest fans, acclaimed director (and UC Boulder alumnus) Lee Aronsohn, tracked down the original band members four decades later to tell their story. More importantly, he makes a dream come true for himself, fellow fans, and the band, by bringing them all back to Boulder for a sold-out reunion concert that preserves their legacy for posterity. Filmmaker Lee Aronsohn and members of Magic Music.
When I saw this press screening being offered I ran to apply for credentials. Having been a music publicist and working in this business for many years I really wanted to see a behind the scenes view of a band that I had never heard of. Magic Music was a band from Boulder Colorado, and seeing that I had been to Colorado twice in my life, but never Boulder and never during that time.
It’s a real life lesson about how forgiveness cannot only help the person you are forgiving but more important about how forgiveness heals the person forgiving. The band members were young and naive so they really did not know how to navigate the music business and dealing with record labels and executives. Which caused a lot of problems amongst themselves. One of my favorite scenes was when one the band members walked into Capitol Records in Hollywood, to meet with a record executive and was very adamant about not wearing shoes. It did not go over well and a record deal fell off the table.
The music is really fantastic, and you can see where famous bands like The Eagles, or The Grateful Dead were highly influenced by Magic Music’s style.
This was a wonderful documentary, revealing the struggle of a band, chronicled through caricature type drawings. The subtle extra touch was how Lee Aronsohn chronicled all of the political events at that time. I am recommending this film, and I am sure the commonality will find its way to many happy viewers.