I just watched Summer Of Soul. The idea that this footage has never been seen is incredible to me. It's a must watch!
"Summer of Soul" is a remarkable, joyous concert film that fully captures some truly magical moments in both American music and American history. In the summer of 1969 — the same timeframe as the much more mythologized and covered Woodstock Festival in upstate New York — Mount Morris Park in Harlem hosted the six-week long Harlem Cultural Festival. Extremely well-attended, it featured blistering, astounding performances from some of the most important R&B and soul acts of the time, including Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Amazingly, hours of footage were never released or compiled until Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for the Roots and music historian, put together a concert documentary to rival giants of the genre like "Woodstock" and "Monterey Pop."
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