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No Nukes
Directed by Daniel Goldberg
Anthony Potenza
Produced by Julian Schlossberg
Starring Jackson Browne
Graham Nash
Bonnie Raitt
John Hall
James Taylor
Carly Simon
The Doobie Brothers
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Cinematography Haskell Wexler
Release date(s) July 1980
Country United States
Language English

No Nukes is a 1980 documentary and concert film that contained selections from the September 1979 Madison Square Garden concerts by the Musicians United for Safe Energy collective, with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall being the key organizers of the event and guiding forces behind the film. Also included were scenes of the organizers getting the event together, expounding upon the dangers of nuclear power, and staging a rally at Battery Park in New York City.

History

This was the first official appearance of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's much ballyhooed live act on film, and many critics hailed their performances as the best in the documentary. Additionally, the future Springsteen classic "The River" was debuted at these shows and on the film, as well as Chaka Khan's consternation at being "Broooced" (Raitt deadpanned backstage, "Too bad his name wasn't Melvin"). The other generally acclaimed highlight of the film what James Taylor and then-wife Carly Simon's physically dynamic duet on "Mockingbird". On the other hand, Graham Nash's earnest spoken part about having seen "giant sponges" as a side effect of nuclear waste dumps earned itself a Spinal Tap-like reputation for rock star verbal blundering.

No Nukes was released for home consumption on VHS along the way, but as of 2007 not on DVD. Two of Springsteen's three numbers are available on his 2001 The Complete Video Anthology / 1978-2000 DVD, however.

The No Nukes live album was also released in May 1980 from this event, although it contained varying musical contents from the film (generally, the artists' biggest hits make it into the film but not the album).

Performers and songs

Those who performed in the film in order of appearance:

at Madison Square Garden:

at Battery Park:

Other musical personages are seen around as well during the film, including Nicolette Larson, Phoebe Snow, and ubiquitous backup singer Rosemary Butler.

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