“Road Dreams”, by Elliott Bristow is one of the most amazing road documentaries (or documentaries, or films at all) that I have never seen in my life. It is such a love work!

I remember seeing on a spanish tv channel in 1992 these images recorded 1968-1982 and feeling weird about the strangeness and the closeness of them, experimenting both feelings at the same time.

Bristow’s project is a live-long one, and over the years it has taken so many forms that you could call it a transmedia pioneer. You can learn more about it here.

And here you have some links so you can have a taste about this astonishing work.
Enjoy it, it is worth your time and attention.

ROAD DREAMS
(by Elliott Bristow)

Programme One

Items:
Preview
Arrival in New York
Travels in New England
“Snowbird” journey to Florida and Georgia
Epilogue

Music
Leo Kottke – Machine #2 (on the Mudlark album)
Rick Loveridge – Breakfast Special
Keith Thompson – East Side Hum
Rick Wakeman – Dandelion Airs
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – No’s 1-4 (on the Penguin Cafe Orchestra album)
Rick Loveridge – Suitable Favours
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person To Person

Programme Two

Items:
Preview: The Dakotas
Culver, Kansas
Running down to Alamosa
Burma-Shave
On to Las Vegas
Epilogue

Music:
Leo Kottke – Machine #2
Rick Loveridge – Brimscombe
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Perpetuum Mobile
Francois Godefroy – Dancers
Rick Loveridge – Never Here Never Home
Rick Loveridge – Leave A Message
Leo Kottke – Pamela Brown (on the Ice Water album)
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person To Person

Programme Three

Items:
Preview: Iowa
Winter Driving
Detroit to Washington DC
Eastern suburbs and Jersey Shore
Epilogue

Music:
Leo Kottke – Machine #2
Rick Loveridge – Root And Branch
Keith Thompson – Slipping South
Rick Loveridge – Brimscombe
St Saens – Carnival Of The Animals – The Aquarium (widely available with performances by various orchestras)
Rick Wakeman – Waterfalls (on the Standing Stones compilation album)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – White Mischief (on the Broadcasting From Home album)
Keith Thompson – East Side Hum
Richard W Gilks – Eastway
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person To Person

Programme Four

Items:
Preview: Rhode Island
Boston: Fall in New England
Cross-country to Oregon
Stonehenge
Down to San Francisco
Epilogue

Music:
Leo Kottke – Machine #2
Pat Metheny – Goin’ Ahead (on the 80/81 album)
Leo Kottke – Born To Be With You (on the Ice Water album)
Rick Loveridge – Never Here Never Home
Rick Loveridge – Leave A Message
Rick Loveridge – Suitable Favours
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person To Person

Programme Five

Items:
Preview: Los Angeles
New York
Cross-country Drive
Los Angeles
Epilogue

Music:
Leo Kottke – Machine #2
Francois Godefroy – Cactus Lunch
Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years (on the album Frank’s Wild Years)
Francois Godefroy – Dancers
Pat Metheny Group – Cross The Heartland (on the American Garage album)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium (on the Broadcasting From Home album)
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person To Person

Programme Six

Items:
Preview
Train ride to Oregon
Leave L.A.
Final Cross-country trip
Long Island and leave
Epilogue
Music:
Leo Kottke – Machine #2
Unknown Artist – Blue Valley Junction (the artist is uncredited in the programme but is almost certainly Bob Palladino)
Rick Loveridge – Breakfast Special
Simon Kitson – LA Freeway
Philip Aaberg – Spring Creek (on the High Plains album)
Rick Loveridge – Home in October
Rick Loveridge – Suitable Favours
Francois Godefroy – Tracy’s Big Moment
Richard W Gilks – Road Dreams Theme
Rick Loveridge – Person to Person

(All credit & thanks to Elliott Bristow & all listed music artists)

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