Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A huge music event from 1969, seeped in political allegory, great music, iconic artists and at the cusp of a change of attitudes, times and views… gotta be Woodstock right? Wrong. In fact we are talking about the little known Harlem Cultural Festival, the subject of one of 2021’s best documentaries (and to be fair maybe one of the best concert films ever made). Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) takes a look at this groundbreaking event which, due to not being Woodstock, has mostly been ignored for the past 50 + years with its footage never having aired. It’s fascinating stuff, especially when contextualised against the era and events which also highlights some of the best black musicians, all performing with agency and power. And whilst the music and vibe is uplifting, the undertones still resonate to this day. Just brilliant.
Best Bit: Man on the moon
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Disney + in the UK)
If You Liked this Try: Everybody’s Everything, Oasis: Supersonic, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage