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Eight Miles High: Historic Home Movie Rediscovered

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Posted on June 4th, 2008 at 10:58 am

In 1965, The Byrds' Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, and David Crosby wrote the song Eight Miles High about their plane trip to England. Two years later, the group returned to London and McGuinn took along his home movie camera. Editing inside the camera, McGuinn created a one-take short film that Paul McCartney called "brilliant." In this Growing Bolder exclusive, McGuinn tells the story of this historic film -- and then shows it!

Check out a film by Bruce Conner that inspired Roger to make Eight Miles High

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  • Posted 12:32pm July 12th, 2012

    I'm noting here that with Roger's conversation with Paul McCartney that there is a recemblence in the promotional film the Beatle's later filmed for the song "A Day In The Life". If this is so you can say that this is the influence that Roger/Jim Mcguinn has on the Fab 4. 

    I've been browsing through the other films in this collection and a big thanks to Roger's wife for shooting the film of Roger on the rail I had tears in my eyes it was like being there with you. 

  • Posted 7:00pm December 10th, 2010

    Wow .. !! Laughing I LOVE this!!  WAY ahead of your time there!  Awesome..

  • Posted 9:58pm January 31st, 2010
    Great Gene Clark tune that Roger and at least one of the others contributed to.  A classic.  Thanks for posting Roger's home movie!

  • Posted 11:44am November 2nd, 2008

    This is a truly amazing impressionistic film, way ahead of its time in 1966. It reminds me of the style in which the video footage of "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles was filmed in ´67, as documented in "Beatles Anthology"....

    Thank you Roger, for making this accessable!


  • Posted 7:21am September 6th, 2008

    WOW!!! I was so hoping something like this existed.   The interior airliner shots looking out appear to be a SUD Caravelle, or maybe a BAC-One-Eleven.

    Maybe inter-city flying to Sweden for the "Drop-In" TV appearance???

    At the end, I'm seeing an Alitalia DC-8, and a VERY RARE BEA Vickers Vanguard!!!

    If you blink, you'll miss Chris & David too.

    FASCINATING about the film being used at the Whiskey.

    Thanks so much as always Roger.




  • Posted 7:20pm July 17th, 2008
    Great recovery of some cool history.  The best thing - 8 Miles High is still one of the greatest songs of all time.  Go Roger!

  • Posted 3:18am June 10th, 2008

    I had never seen the whole film before now, just clips. Bravo, Fantastic. I was there in the '60s as well and grew and learned guitar from these songs - it says a lot about those times. Thanks Roger.

    Woff, Woff!


  • Posted 9:55am June 7th, 2008
    Roger -
    Nice  work man - you may have missed your calling... Just saw the Stones movie - wish it had more doc stuff (it's mostly show) but still a must see.
    My favorite song - but you know that Thanks for trip back in time.
    How do you feel about reposting it ?
    Thanks~Harleywood  [:-{)

  • Posted 3:59pm June 5th, 2008
    Marvelous trippy stuff. Like London on speed. Nice mix of  2-4-2 Fox Trot Lear Jet Song into Eight Miles High and good to hear Captain Soul again. Warning, could induce ADD in persons younger than yesterday. Thanks for retrieving this from the back pages for us. Pat Flannagan, Eustis, Florida

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