Radiohead are a band who inspire the kind of devotion better suited to religious entities, and maybe because of that, have always been about their fans. They released their 2007 album In Rainbows effectively for free, or whatever you wanted to pay for it, sending cries of despair ricocheting through music executives’ offices around the world. And this same generosity of spirit sees them lending their music—providing the audio masters—to a crowd sourced film, Radiohead Live in Praha 8.23.09, shot by 50 fans when Radiohead played the Výstaviště Holešovice exhibition hall in Prague on 23 August 2009. They’ve made the entire film available for free online, you can go download it over on their website in formats for iPad, iPhone, to burn for DVD or as an AVI file. If your bandwidth can’t take it, or the site’s crashed, then console yourself by watching it on YouTube where you can enjoy the individual songs shot in the jaunty, shaky, chaotic fashion seen in the trailer above.
It brings to mind the Beastie Boys’s film Awesome; I F*ckin’ Shot That!, which was also shot by fans at their concert in Madison Square Gardens in 2004. Although that film was shot for commercial interests, this one was made “by fans for the fans.”