Kierre's Review Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 2021 ★★★½


Watched Jul 05, 2021

Summer of Soul is a Documentary film about a Summer Concert series that took place in 1969 in Harlem. The film features a series of concert events that included some todays biggest stars, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knights and Pips, and Sly and the Family Stone. Back in 1969 most of these Artists were just up and comers, however. The concerts took place right around the same time as Woodstock (which was far more popular), and so all the footage of the concerts basically sat in storage for about 50 years. The film features interviews of some of these artists today, some of the participants wo attended and even some Political leaders including Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

I thought this was a really good film. It was interesting and the music of course was great. It was amazing to see how young some of these icons were back in 1969 as well. I don't have much of a complaint about the film but as with any concert film, it would be much better if you were actually there.

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