Rory Gallagher made his name in the Seventies and Eighties as a singularly gifted guitarist. His flair for fiery blues-rock improv, performed on a weathered Strat, won him an elite group of fans that included Bob Dylan, and inspired many guitarists who came after him, among them The Edge, Slash and Brian May.
But prior to launching his solo career, the Irish guitarist found success with the power trio Taste. Between 1966 and 1970, the group released two studio albums and two live records, including their 1971 postmortem Live at the Isle of Wight, which featured their set at the 1970 rock festival.
Taste’s Isle of Wight show was filmed on 16mm film, and it forms the centerpiece of a new documentary about Gallagher coming out this fall, a clip of which can be seen below.
Titled What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight, the film is a chronicle of both the trio’s 1970 performance and a documentary about Gallagher and the band’s significance. It includes interviews with May, The Edge, Bob Geldof, jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, and Gallagher’s brother Donal, who also served as road manager for Taste.
Featuring live footage shot by Academy Award–winning director Murray Lerner, What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight has been restored from the original film and features remixed audio. It features all six tracks included on Taste’s Live at the Isle of Wight album along with three music videos for “I’ll Remember,” “What’s Going On” and “Born on the Wrong Side of Time,” and a trio of performances from the German TV show Beat Club.
What’s Going On—Live at the Isle of Wight will be released by Eagle Rock Entertainment on September 18 on DVD and Blu-ray, along with the soundtrack on CD, vinyl and digital download.