Creators, performers and fans of The Now Explosion will hold a 45th anniversary reunion on Friday night, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland. The public is invited to come by, reminisce and watch some of the videos that are now being preserved by the University of Georgia.
The dance videos were often filmed late at night when studio space was available. According to longtime Atlanta resident Dan Morrison, who is helping to promote the Manuel’s reunion, the directors would go to Midtown (which was the hub of the city’s counterculture scene in the ’60s and ’70s) and find kids and hippies to perform in the videos.
The special effects added to the videos might seem cheesy and dated now, but at the time they were considered state of the art. The Now Explosion videos offer a time capsule not only of the music of the era, but Atlanta, too. Watch some of the clips below and visit The Now Explosion website at thenowexplosion.net to see even more.