The new documentary Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), featuring rare live footage of Sly & The Family Stone, will be available at the virtual Sundance Film Festival at Sundance.org.
In 1969, during the same summer as Woodstock, a different music festival took place 100 miles away. More than 300,000 people attended the summer concert series known as the Harlem Cultural Festival. It was filmed, but after that summer, the footage sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen. Until now.
Summer Of Soul is a stunning unearthed treasure destined to become a pillar of American music and African American history. In his striking debut as a filmmaker, the legendary musician Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents this transporting documentary—part concert film, part historical record—about an epic event that radiated the wholesale reevaluation of Black history, culture, fashion, and music.
Sly & The Family Stone’s best album, writer Gene Santoro of Music Aficionado argues, is also one of their most undersung. Here’s the incredible story of how Sly’s most underrated album came to be: MusicAficionado.com.
Wishing a truly funky birthday to Sly Stone!
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone. The group’s fourth album is undeniably one of their best, with unforgettable jams like “Everyday People,” “You Can Make It If You Try” and “Sing a Simple Song.” Which track is your favorite?