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Summer of Soul | The Loft Cinema

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The Harlem Cultural Festival

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem_Cultural_Festival

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_Soul

Black Woodstock 1969.jpg

1969

Mount Morris Park

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SUMMER OF SOUL


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 never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL 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 never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

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Remarkable.

Powerful.

A MUST experience!

The documentary reveals bejeweled prisms of reality lived concurrently with Woodstock, a reality which was deleted by the dominant culture. Two disconnected rivers of life –  distinct waters that taste/see/feel as in two cultures.

Questlove’s documentary is the kiss that revives a crypt of I WISH I KNEW freedom – a poignant HALLELUJAH gospel of living ALIVE!!!!! Beautiful!

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Questlove

Revives

‘Black Woodstock’

In

Summer Of Soul

Documentary

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/01/1033238644/questlove-revives-black-woodstock-in-summer-of-soul-documentary

 

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross.

My guest, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, has made his directorial debut with the new documentary “Summer Of Soul.” Questlove co-founded The Roots, which is, among other things, the house band for “The Tonight Show,” where Questlove serves as the music director. He describes his new film as his chance to restore history.

The historic-but-forgotten event the film documents is the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a series of six concerts held in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park, which is now called Marcus Garvey Park. It was free and open to the public. And tens of thousands of people attended, mostly Black and brown. The roster of performers representing different strains of Black and Latino music included Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Ray Barretto, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. The festival was one year after the assassination of Martin Luther King, during the period of the Black Power movement.

The concerts spanned from June 29 to August 24, overlapping with both the Woodstock Festival and the first moonwalk. About 40 hours of performances were recorded on video by Hal Tulchin. A couple of hours were shown on local TV in New York. But Tulchin was unable to produce it into a film or TV series in spite of trying for years to attract funders. The tape sat in his basement for about 50 years.

Just before his death, he signed over the rights to two producers, who brought on Questlove to turn it into the film that is now “Summer Of Soul.” Questlove wrote about the period in Black music just after the festival in his book about “Soul Train.” He has a new book that will be published in the fall called “Music Is History,” focusing on 1971 to the present.

Questlove, welcome back to FRESH AIR. Congratulations on the film.

QUESTLOVE: Thank you….

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IWISHIKNEW    Catherine L. Johnson  2011

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IWISHIKNEW

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/iwishiknew-2011-catherine-l-johnson-mindless-menace-of-violence-robert-f-kennedy-5-april-1968-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition/ 

2011

Catherine L. Johnson

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