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Sly & The Family Stone Featured In ‘Summer Of Soul’ Documentary

Sly & The Family Stone in Summer Of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

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

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.