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Led Zeppelin Played Here

Led Zeppelin Played Here FFF 2014
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  • Directed by: Jeff Krulik
  • USA, 2013, 80 minutes
  • Southeast Premiere

The year is 1969. Man lands on the moon. A half million freaks dance in the mud at Woodstock. Sesame Street makes its debut ... and a still-unknown Led Zeppelin performs in the gym of the Wheaton Youth Center in front of 50 confused teenagers. Or did they? One of the most enduring and baffling legends of Maryland rock history is this mythical gig that Zeppelin might or might not have played on a frigid Monday evening, January 20, 1969, during the first presidential inauguration of Richard Nixon. There is absolutely no physical evidence of the gig, but several fans recall it clearly. Well, maybe not so clearly. Time plays weird tricks on stoned memories. With his usual humorous touch, filmmaker Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot) investigates this quite confused legend, speaking to industry pros, musicians, and fans, several of whom claim to have witnessed history that night (or at least a very loud band playing just a few feet away from them). In the process of digging up this time capsule, Krulik documents the fascinating rock concert business at a moment just before it exploded into a multi-million dollar industry.