You’ve probably never heard of Magic Music. There’s a reason for that, and that story is at the heart of “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie,” a heart-felt documentary about a band that never made it, or not at all.
Magic Music was a 1970s folk rock band that was a favorite on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. The members went by names like “Flatbush”, “Poonah” and “Spoons” and they resided on community school buses around Boulder. They were living the full hippie lifestyle and believed they held the key to the universe.
Except the band never recorded a piece of music, and every time they were about to get some kind of success, they messed it up in a fantastic way. They once broke a recording deal because one of the members refused to wear shoes when he met record executives; an opening concert touring for Cat Stevens fell apart when the band made three callbacks on opening night; and another recording contract fell apart because one of the members didn’t like a record director’s shoes. (Shoes and footwear were a recurring issue for the group.)
Writer-director Lee Aronsohn, a seasoned sitcom writer for shows like “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” was a student in Boulder in the 1970s and was a fan and believer in Magic Music. . So he decided to find the band members today and capture their story, and attempted to bring them together for a one-night-only gig in their hometown.
“40 Years in the Making” is sometimes like a comically inept parody of “Behind the Music”. But beneath the musical follies hides a story of friendship, the power of music, the death of the hippie dream and the weight of the years we all carry with us. And yes, there is also a bit of magic in there.
“40 years in preparation: the magic musical film”
Uncategorized: adult situations
Duration: 97 minutes