Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Launches Screening Series With MGM+ Doc on San Francisco’s Music Scene in ’60s

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is rolling out a new industry screening series to show off a select group of music documentaries and films that feature its inductees as well as fresh talent.

The inaugural title launching the series is MGM+’s “San Francisco Sounds: A Place In Time,” a new two-part original music documentary featuring Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and more. The screening will take place in Los Angeles on Sept. 19.

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“We are experiencing a rare moment when some of the greatest music documentaries of our time are being created,” said John Sykes, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “We’ve chosen a select group of these films that shine a light on our Inductees and their music, as well as newer artists who are following in their footsteps.”

The foundation hopes that the recurring event will provide artists, producers, industry executives, and tastemakers with the opportunity to discover new releases and relay the rich history or topics that make up the stories behind inductees. To achieve the goal, each screening will include a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and artists.

The “San Francisco Sounds: A Place in Time” documentary panel discussion will surround the film with additional insight from directors Alison Ellwood and Anoosh Tertzakian, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller, and the former senior editor of Rolling Stone, Ben Fong-Torres.

“This was a utopia to anybody that was young,” one voice exclaims in the trailer for “San Fransisco Sounds,” that also promises to touch on the “vital” and rambunctious nature of the peace-promoting music coming out of the Northern California city in ’60s. The film, coming from the creators of the Emmy-nominated “Laurel Canyon,” additionally lists and references the early days of bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Journey and more.

Future screenings will be set in New York and Nashville.

Watch the trailer for “San Francisco Sounds: A Place In Time (MGM+ 2023 Series)” below:

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