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Why the Band’s ‘The Last Waltz’ Is the Greatest Concert Movie of All Time – Rolling Stone

How Martin Scorsese’s film of group’s legendary farewell show changed the way live music felt onscreen

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“This film should be played loud!” It’s a cliché now, a concert-movie disclaimer that’s become the equivalent of that hippie-dippy tagline from those Freedom Rock compilation ads (“Well, turn it up, maaaaan.”) But in the late Seventies, when it first flashed onscreen in all white font against a stark black background before the credits of The Last Waltz, you knew it meant business. Keep moving that volume knob clockwise, folks. Let the needle swing into the red.
And then we begin at the end, with…

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