Reel To Reel: What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?
GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live
800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
MODERATED BY STEVE HOCHMAN
The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary feature What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears? followed by a post-screening panel moderated by journalist Steve Hochman with John Scheinfeld (Writer/Producer/Director) and Bobby Colomby (Founding Member and leader of Blood, Sweat & Tears) and a merch signing with the panelists.
In June 1970, hot off their spectacular GRAMMY® win for Album of the Year (besting The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”), Blood, Sweat & Tears becomes the first American rock band to perform behind the Iron Curtain, doing concerts in three oppressive communist countries -- Yugoslavia, Romania and Poland -- on a tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Like much of the youth in America, band members have been outspoken and critical of the Nixon administration and the Vietnam War. The Iron Curtain Tour seems to be a curious decision by the band, which was at the very height of their popularity.
Upon their return, the band becomes a victim of Cancel Culture in a polarized America, divided as much then as it is now. Political criticism typically comes from one side or the other. But in 1970, Blood, Sweat & Tears find themselves in the crossfire from both the Right AND the Left and the group suffers greatly as a result. Suddenly, they are no longer hip and cool and lose support from fans, the media, concert bookers and the recording industry.
In short, the Right is outraged by the U.S. government footing the bill for an anti-war/anti-Nixon rock band to tour overseas and refer to Blood, Sweat & Tears members as “Communists”. The Left is critical of the band for appearing to be an instrument of the U.S. government and/or the CIA.
Through documentary footage shot during the Iron Curtain tour (and thought to be lost) and present day interviews with band members and historians, as well as the unsealing of government records, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS? is a political thriller that unravels the details of this extraordinary year in the life of the band.
Check Out the Trailer Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdmk7zt0FIk&t=13s
“This is one of the best rock documentaries ever made” – Bob Lefsetz, Lefsetz Letter
“An engaging – and sometimes enraging – expose of chronic insularity” – Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
“The best political thriller documentary of the year is about a rock band that peaked fifty years ago?” – Jason Newman, Rolling Stone
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