Medicine Ball Caravan, Warner Bros. latest attempt at capturing the youth culture on film (and thereby making money a la Woodstock) has opened here. The story behind it is that Warners sponsored about twenty buses and two hundred pretty hippies on a cross-country trip last summer and imported a French film crew to make a movie about it. The movie was supposed to show what “hippies” are all about, you know, rock music, smoking dope, being naked and loving, and so on. What they didn’t intend to include was the politics, but it got into the film anyway, thanks to the worthy efforts of that persistent gadfly Tom Forcade, accompanied by the People’s Troubadour, David Peel.
Rock Liberation Front, 1971
To launch the RLF into the public eye, [A.J.] Weberman and [David] Peel gathered together about 100 friends, and journeyed uptown to the plush townhouse that housed the law practice run by Paul McCartney’s father-in-law and legal advisor, Lee Eastman. ‘We figured McCartney could use some liberating,’ Weberman explains. ‘It was around the time he had released that album [Ram] that was really inane and said nothing about what was happening on the street. He was supposed to be a representative of youth culture, but he was just a businessman. We reckoned he could use a wake-up call.’ The RLF staged a mock funeral right there on Park Avenue to emphasize the death of the ex-Beatle’s ideals, with a black Cadillac hearse and a coffin bearing his picture.—There’s a Riot Going On, Peter Doggett
The interview took place at the Holiday Inn in the Vatican. Present were Jesus Christ, Superstar, Judas Iscariot, his manager; Pontius Pilate, owner of the Vatican Academy of Music where a concert was to be held that night; his old lady, Mary Magdalene; and the interviewer. Also walking in and out at various times were two of his roadies, Simon and Andrew, assorted groupies and hangers-on, old friends who were stopping by to say hello, and the Pope.