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Summer of Soul (…or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

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

9 out of 10 stars


 

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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