"For television producer Lee Aronsohn ("Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory"), that band was Boulder's Magic Music. And unlike many fans frustrated at seeing the object of their passion fade into history in a haze of anonymity, he set out not only to tell their largely forgotten story and celebrate their legacy; he, for at least one night, engineered a redemptive moment in the spotlight that too often eluded them in their youth.
The result is "40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie," which made its Colorado premiere Saturday at the Boulder Theater and screens 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Longmont Museum as part of the Boulder International Film Festival.
Aronsohn, who serves as a viewer's guide through the excavation of his personal passion, tells of his arrival to Boulder in the early 1970s, attracted by the University of Colorado's billing in an underground college guide as a hotbed for "dope and sex."
We don't learn how much of those commodities he found in Boulder. Rather, it was an ensemble of long-haired mellow musicians he stumbled upon one day on campus spinning their repertoire of tight, sun-dappled harmonies against a breezy fabric of acoustic guitars, tabla and flute that captured his attention in a way he would never shake..."
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