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Classic DVD Review: Various Artists | Bonnaroo Music Festival 2002

This chroncle of the eclectic Tennessee fest is one of 2002's best live music DVDs.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


An exclamation of joy? The ultimate party? When it comes to Tennessee’s annual Bonnaroo Music Festival — whose organizers borrowed the handle from Dr. John’s 1974 album Desitively Bonnaroo — few people seem to be certain about what the name means.

But they know what it stands for — one of the most eclectic, high-calibre festivals since Woodstock. This tremendous two-disc DVD provides an ambitious sampling of the 2002 lineup, which included jammers like Widespread Panic, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh; rockers like Gov’t Mule and Ween; roots acts like The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Del McCoury Band; hip-hop outfits like Jurassic 5; and plenty more. Superbly shot and edited, this is one of the best live music DVDs of the year. Even if we still aren’t sure what it all means.


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