Lost footage of Bob Dylan's 1969 Isle of Wight performance unearthed by San Diego company

George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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"So, this new Isle of Wight footage is historically significant — and a great birthday gift for me."

Peck has posted the two-minute clip of Dylan performing at the Isle of Wight for fans to watch online.

His Reelin’ in the Years Productions began in Peck’s bedroom when he was a teenager. His quest to collect rare rock music film footage saw his hobby turn into his lifelong profession.

His company has long been a regular source of footage for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and other companies and projects, including "Sonic Highways," the Foo Fighters-fueled HBO TV music series.

Reelin' in the Years' "Jazz Icons" DVD series of European concert specials earned international acclaim, while its "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962–1966 Volume One" garnered a 2004 Grammy nomination.


Peck is now co-producing a documentary on the fabled Memphis soul and blues record company Stax, whose roster included Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, Little Milton, and others. Moreover, the same WDR German news reels that yielded the Dylan at the Isle of Wight footage appears to be a gift that will keep on giving.

"Along with the Dylan footage I have also found WDR footage of Frank Zappa in his home studio in Los Angeles," Peck said. "And I've found footage of The Who, at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1969, doing their debut performance to a major audience of 'Tommy.' What else might I find? Anything is possible."


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