It will be a rocking good time this Christmas as The Sprocket Vault announced this week that director Paul Landres’ tribute to legendary Rock ‘N Roll promoter Alan Freed, Go, Johnny, Go!, has been remastered and restored and is now available on DVD.
Theatrical concert films in the 1950s were popular, but American Bandstand and TV household penetration had finally reached critical mass, so a new “hook” was needed … Go, Johnny, Go! uses a dramatic story of a talent search to basically string a series of filmed concert performances together and it worked.
Especially poignant is Ritchie Valens appearance, he had died in the plane crash earlier in the year with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
As a bonus, a trio of film historians — Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt and Brent Walker — provide commentary.