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Review: ’40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie ‘Exposes Audiences to One of Biggest Unknown Bands | Flix!

So you’ve never heard of the Magic Music group. Unless you’re from Boulder, Colorado, and my age or older, that’s understandable. I didn’t even find them on Wikipedia.

In the late ’60s and early’ 70s they became legendary for the locals and there were several times the band nearly broke nationwide, but it wasn’t in the cards.

Thanks to acclaimed television writer-director Lee Aronsohn (“Two and a Half Men” “The Big Bang Theory”), a University of Colorado alumnus and band fan, their incredible story can now be told in the film ” 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Film. ”

Everyone has a favorite local band since they were young, but not everyone gets the chance to make a movie about them. In 1975, Lee Aronsohn left Colorado for Los Angeles unaware that the band he had spent several days listening to on the University of California at Boulder campus would go their separate ways a year later and then disappear forever.

All those great songs he remembered from his youth had vanished without a trace. After a successful career writing sitcoms in Hollywood, Aronsohn retired at age 65 and what started as a quest to hear his favorite Magic Music songs became his first feature documentary.

Prepare to be blown away. To put it in perspective, imagine watching a documentary on Led Zeppelin and experiencing their music at the same time. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the harmonious vocals and infectious hooks of the Colorado folk group, the sounds of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Jethro Tull spring to mind.

Magic Music had the potential to go all the way, so it’s such a tragedy that these guys never became a household name. Thanks to Aronsohn, the rest of the world can get a taste of the sounds that prompted the filmmaker to give importance to the group’s story 42 years after they stopped him.

There are fans, there are superfans and then there is Lee Aronsohn. That’s the best way to describe the writer-director’s obsession with the band. His children grew up knowing the songs of the band without the existence of vinyls, CDs or MP3s, as Aronsohn hummed the songs to his children.

After reuniting with original band member Chris “Spoons” Daniels two years ago, Aronsohn began researching the rest of the band with the goal of hearing these great songs once again.

Over the past few decades there have been some really good musical documentaries from “Gimme Shelter” to “The Kids Are Alright”, but recently the filmmakers have started exposing us to lesser-known artists like the mysterious songwriter- Performer of Detroit Rodriguez in the 2012 film “In Search of Sugar Man”.

Now Aronsohn’s film can rest comfortably among all those other wonderful documentaries from filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme.

“40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie” is a captivating look at one of the greatest groups that remain unknown. Archive footage and photographs tell us all about the band’s history while new interviews with the band members explain what these guys have been up to over the past four decades.

Watching these old hippies reconnect and play together after 42 years will put a smile on your face.

This might be your introduction to the band, but I guarantee 90 minutes later you’ll be singing like you’ve known these songs your whole life.

Joe Friar is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Los Angeles) and the Houston Film Critics Society. He co-founded the Victoria Film Society and reviews films for Hit Radio 104.7 and Victoria Advocate.