Where to Watch 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival TV special — The Original Summer of Soul

James Gaunt
The Riff
4 min readJan 14, 2022

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The 5th Dimension performs at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, featured in the documentary SUMMER OF SOUL. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved

When the documentary film Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) came out last year I was blown away. Here was footage that had been rarely seen since 1969, featuring amazing performances from Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, The 5th Dimension, Sly and the Family Stone, and so many more.

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James Gaunt
The Riff

An Australian writer with a passion for research. James edits music fanzine The Shadow Knows and writes regularly about Mo’ Wax Records. www.jamesgaunt.com