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

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

James Gaunt

An Australian writer with a passion for research. In 2020 he published Making Psyence Fiction, a book on the creation of UNKLE’s debut album. www.jamesgaunt.com

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