Cinema: The Glories of Grooviness

At first, Medicine Ball Caravan looks like another whelp from the Woodstock litter. The idea was to have some freaks travel cross-country in Day-Glo buses disseminating rock music, good vibes and easygoing propaganda for the counterculture. Warner Bros, would pack along a camera crew to record the music, the interaction and the scenery.

The caravan duly set forth in the summer of 1970, and the filmed record proceeds predictably enough for the first few minutes. Then Director Francois Reichenbach appears in an on-camera interview. As he goes into a number about the glories of grooviness, the film cuts abruptly to a very...

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