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Summer of soul (...or when the revolution could not be televised)

Author

Questlove

Call Number

  • DVD 781.644078 S9556 (CEN, EAS, OSH, POW)

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Languages

In English, with optional French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, English descriptive audio.

Performers

Featuring: Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, The Chambers Brothers, David Ruffin, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Staple Singers, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Herbie Mann, Max Roach, Mavis Staples.

Publication Information

[Los Angeles, CA] : 20th Century Studios, 2022.

Physical Description

1 videodisc (approximately 118 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

Audience

MPA rating: PG-13; some disturbing images, smoking and brief drug material.

Summary

"In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary, part music film, part historical record, created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten, until now. This documentary shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past, and present. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension, and more."--Container.

Notes

Originally released as a documentary in 2021.

Harlem Cultural Festival directed and produced by Hal Tulchin.

Bonus extras: Director's audio commentary ; Soul searching ; Harlem: then and now.

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