T.A.M.I. Show. 1964. USA. Directed by Steve Binder. 16mm. 123 min.
“A pop-music time capsule from 1964, T.A.M.I. Show is a concert film with an incredible lineup: The Beach Boys (they are missing from some prints!), James Brown, Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Lesley Gore, The Supremes (before they were Diana Ross and The Supremes) and more. The liberating, revolutionary music of the 1960s was very important to the Club 57 gang. It represented the end of repression and the energy of the future. Even when it was screened at Club 57 (in October 1979 and January 1980), T.A.M.I. Show was considered legendary. In 2017 it should be even more exciting. Salon.com says: ‘The best concert film you’ve never seen. Nostalgia sells, but the big, ever-timely dual theme of T.A.M.I. Show is range and competition. The entirety of the two-hour film comes from one five-hour period of shooting. The energy is intoxicating.’” (film notes by John Epperson).