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Reel To Reel: Home Again: Carole King Live In Central Park

Featuring a Post-Screening Conversation with Lou Adler, John McDermott, and George Scott 

The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to screen the new film, Home Again: Carole King Live In Central Park, followed by a conversation with multi-GRAMMY-winner Lou Adler and John McDermott, who produced the film together, and George Scott, who directed the film. The conversation will be moderated by Jasen Emmons, the GRAMMY Museum’s Chief Curator & Vice President of Curatorial Affairs.

The brand new feature-length concert documentary “Home Again: Carole King Live In Central Park” presents musical icon Carole King’s triumphant May 26, 1973 homecoming concert on The Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park before an estimated audience of 100,000. Directed by George Scott and produced by Lou Adler and John McDermott, the film presents the complete multi-camera 16mm footage filmed and recorded by Adler in 1973 but never before released.

Alongside the complete performance footage is the behind the scenes story of King’s remarkable transformation from an in demand, staff songwriter beloved for such timeless Goffin and King classics as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to an iconic artist in her own right. The May 1973 performance captured King at her critical and commercial peak, basking in the enormous popularity of her definitive album Tapestry. “We wanted to do something special with Carole in New York,” remembers Lou Adler. “I got in touch with Ron Delsener and told him that Carole was coming home to New York. This was where her upbringing took place and where she got her start in music. New York was everything to her and she wanted to give something back to both her hometown and devoted fans.” Adler and legendary New York concert promoter Delsener then agreed to stage a free concert—the first ever—on Central Park’s famed Great Lawn. The event changed the landscape of live performances in New York, shepherding in an era of legendary performances in Central Park that continues to this day.

New interviews with King, Adler, Ron Delsener and legendary Woodstock and Monterey Pop lighting and stage manager Chip Monck set the scene for her extraordinary performance. To the delight of the audience, King moved easily between her signature classics and songs from her soon to be released 1973 album Fantasy. King rarely performed in concert during this era despite the enormous commercial success she had enjoyed. However, on this special occasion, she presented her performance in two parts—first alone, on piano and then fronting a powerhouse 11 piece band. 

In the aftermath of the Central Park performance, Adler took the film and recordings back to Los Angeles where it remained unreleased for 50 years. “Recently, John McDermott came to me and said, ‘This should be a film. This performance should be seen.’” explains Adler “His interest excited me and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’. I contacted Carole and we got started.” The resulting film, Home Again: Carole King Live In Central Park provides an inside view of a generational talent at her prime, performing one of the biggest and most momentous concerts of her career in the city where she was born.

About Lou Adler

Lou Adler produced the music and guided the careers of Jan and Dean, Johnny Rivers, The Mamas and The Papas, Spirit, and Carole King, as well as the comedy of Cheech and Chong, including The Mamas and Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” Scott McKenzie’s “San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair),” Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” Sam Cooke’s “(What a) Wonderful World,” and the ground-breaking multi-platinum, multi-GRAMMY Award winning Carole King’s Tapestry album. 

As a multiple GRAMMY winner, he has produced some of the biggest selling albums of all time; he has produced 33 Top 10 singles and co-written three Top 10 songs: “Honolulu Lulu,” “Poor Side of Town,” and “(What A) Wonderful World.”

He has produced for both the stage and motion pictures. Stage productions include The Rocky Horror Show, Zoot Suit, and Bouncers. His film credits as producer include: Monterey Pop and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In addition, he directed and produced Cheech and Chong’s Up In Smoke.

Believing in giving back to the community, he has produced all-star celebrity events benefiting children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses for the Painted Turtle Camp (which he co-founded with his wife, Page) and Paul Newman.

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