Summer of Soul Trailer: Questlove Documentary Presents Black Woodstock

Questlove’s first film contains footage that has never been seen by legendary musicians.


Summer of the Soul (… or if the revolution couldn’t be televised), the directorial debut of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompsonreceived its first trailer.

The documentary won the Grand Jury Award and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival for more than $ 12 million – a record for documentary sales on Sundance. The film shows the Harlem Cultural Festival, also known as Black Woodstock, a series of concerts that took place in the summer of 1969 Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Nina Simone, BB King, Sly and the family stone, Mahalia Jackson, and more. According to the opening title of the film, the shown footage was “in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen before. ”


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This first trailer made its debut at the 93rd Academy Awards, of which Questlove is music director. This is Questlove’s first directing, though he’s no stranger to being interviewed for musical documentaries after appearing in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, and Find the funk, for which he was also co-executive producer.

But Questlove is not only an independent music historian, but also an important part of music history. Probably best known during Questlove as drummer for The Roots and musical director for The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonQuestlove has worked with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Jay-Z, Al Green, Fiona Apple, and D’Angelo. Questlove even announced its next book, “Music Is History”, earlier this month. Put simply, Questlove seems like the perfect guide to this incredible series of concerts.

Summer of Soul (or when the revolution couldn’t be televised) hits theaters and Hulu on July 2nd. Check out the first trailer below:

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