A new documentary chronicling the reunion of Joe Cocker‘s famously gigantic 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band is headed for release. Learning To Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen will premiere at Woodstock Film Festival on September 30th prior to a North American theatrical release on October 22nd.
Distributed by Abramorama and directed by Jesse Lauter, Learning To Live Together hosts interviews with surviving members of the 45-person Mad Dogs tour including Rita Coolidge, Jim Keltner, Claudia Lennear, and more. Tedeschi Trucks Band leaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi—who serve as executive producers—also make appearances in addition to contemporaries like Chris Robinson, Steve Earle, Dave Mason, and more.
“Mad Dogs & Englishmen were one of the groups that inspired us from when we first started our band and paying tribute to their work with so many of the original members on hand was a highlight on many levels,” Trucks and Tedeschi said in a statement. “This film is a labor of love many years in the making, and we’re so proud to share the music and the stories of the men and women of Mad Dogs & Englishmen.”
Forty-five years after Cocker staged the legendary Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, Tedeschi Trucks Band reunited 12 of the surviving members including Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and Claudia Lennear alongside special guests including Chris Robinson, Dave Mason, and more at LOCKN’ 2015. Learning To Live Together traces the legacy and impact of the groundbreaking tour/live album/concert film that served as an inspiration to many of today’s touring musicians. Additionally, the new documentary hosts never-before-seen behind-the-scenes material in the lead-up to the reunion as well as footage from the all-star performance. The film also features the last filmed interview with the late Leon Russell, who passed away the following year.
“The original Mad Dogs & Englishmen album and documentary played a foundational role in my early years as a music producer and musician, so it’s only appropriate that my first film as a director is about this critical piece of music history,” director Jesse Lauter said. “There has always been a shroud of mystery around this tour- how it came about, what was it like, why it never happened again – so I felt it was my duty to reveal the truth, beauty, and yes drama, behind the music, in hopes to uncover why this music has resonated for so many generations. It was the greatest honor of my career to capture this once-in-a-lifetime reunion.”
Watch a trailer for Learning To Live Together: The Return of Mad Dogs & Englishmen below and visit the film’s website for screening information.
Learning To Live Together: The Return Of Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Trailer)
[Video: Tedeschi Trucks Band]