Music Film: MR SOUL! DOCUMENTARY, Australian Premier presented by Groovescooter at Golden Age Cinema


Our good friends at GROOVESCOOTER are presenting the Australian Premiere of the documentary Mr. SOUL! at Golden Age Cinema this monthon the pionerring TV host Ellis Haizlip who hosted New York city’s SOUL show with an incredible mix of A-list music guests, poetry, performance and Black politics three years before SOUL TRAIN.

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America’s first “Black Tonight Show” was New York City’s SOUL!, with its host Ellis Haizlip ensuring the revolution would be televised! This critically acclaimed documentary features rare live performances and interviews from the likes of the legendary Al Green, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Ashford and Simpson, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Black Ivory, Bill Withers, The Last Poets, Odetta, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nikki Giovanni, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Stokely Carmichael, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and many more. Launched in 1968, SOUL! went on to be the first nationally broadcast all-Black variety show on television, merging artists from the margins with post–civil rights Black radical thought. At a time of great turmoil and social unrest in America, SOUL! became a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. By 1973, Ellis Haizlip had produced over 130 hour-long shows featuring a dazzling array of A-list guests.

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE THIS FILM

From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. Featuring Questlove, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Kathleen Cleaver and many more. The soundtrack features original performances from the SOUL! series and new artists Robert Glasper performing original music score. The story unfolds with Blair Underwood as the voice of Ellis Haizlip, in a series of vignettes that are both poignant and intimate, revealing the interiority of Haizlip’s thoughts and the impetus behind Mr SOUL!.

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VIDEO: Soul TV #6: James Brown + B.B. King FULL CONCERT (SOUL FUNK JAZZ BLUES)


LOVE THIS SHOW! TWO ABSOLUTE BOSS PERFORMERS DOING THEIR THING ON STAGE

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Soul TV #5: Maceo Parker Live (Full Concert)

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Maceo Parker Band @ Liri Blues 2009 Italiano: Maceo Parker Band al Liri Blues 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soul, Jazz, Funk LEGEND Maceo Parker with a live lesson on stage in original party rocking!

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http://www.soulofsydney.org/blockparty for more block party soul jazz funk vibes in Sydney… in a park !

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Soul TV #4: Nina Simone Live in Holland Dec 25th (1965)

Run Time: 40 Mins.

Songs Performed;

  1. Brown Baby;
  2. Four Women;
  3. The Ballad of Hollis Brown;
  4. Tomorrow is My Turn
  5. Images;
  6. Go Limp;
  7. Mississippi Goddam.

Savage Dignity. Nina Simone is singular among jazz musicians. She had a vocal delivery that was more Charlie Patton than, say, Shirley Horn. Her cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” presented on Jazz Icons Series 3: Nina Simone Live in ’65 and ’68, is a microcosm of Simone’s performance style: kinetic, forceful, and emotionally intense to the point of discomfort. A force of nature when performing live, she gave concerts that were more event detonations than performances.

Simone’s voice ran the gambit from ragged low Delta growl to Handelian alto, depending on the piece. On “Hollis Brown” Simone sings with a desperate earthiness. On “Why? (The King of Love is Dead)” she sings with the sweet gospel authenticity of her Piedmont home. Simone’s near-frantic yet controlled rage is more than apparent on her signature civil rights song “Mississippi Goddam.” The song is an angry complement to Billie Holiday’s comparatively quiet, haunting account of coming upon a lynching, “Strange Fruit.” A stunning protest song even today, “Mississippi Goddam” must have been a real showstopper in 1965.

Simone’s more popular songs, “I Put a Spell on You” and Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” are performed in an abbreviated fashion, and her more civil rights-oriented material is given a fuller workout. “Tomorrow is My Turn/Images” is presented as lightly and sweetly as “Go to Hell” and “Mississippi Goddamn” are delivered with bitterness and anger. The viewer would be hard-pressed to conclude from these performances that Simone would have been capable of the typical jazz standards set, but she certainly was. However, this is the mid-’60s, a period when the classics from the Great American Songbook were out of favor.

Simone’s stage manner is regal and serious. She is no Louis Armstrong or Dizzy Gillespie, whose personalities made them full-bodied entertainers. Simone in performance was not about compromising her material. She dispensed with the amenities and simply performed, and what she performed she saw as the truth. In concert, Simone would scat, rock, and clap her hands as if she were speaking in tongues. These are electrifying recitals by the “High Priestess of Soul.”

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Soul TV#3: Al Green &The Impressions LIVE on Soul Train (1975)

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Originally aired on 6 April 1974 this classic episode of Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius features live concerts by Al Green and also The Impressions.

Al Green performs

  • “Sweet Sixteen,”
  •  “Jesus Is Waiting,”
  • “Living For You” and
  • “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”.

The Impressions perform

  • “If It’s In You To Do Wrong”
  • “Finally Got Myself Together”.

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Soul TV#2: Fela Kuti– Music Is the Weapon (1982)

Stéphane Tchal-Gadjieff & Jean Jacques Flori, (Universal Music)

Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it’s essential viewing for Fela fans.

Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. (There are slight differences between the English and French versions, so it’s best to watch both.) For the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain–in mere words–how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James Brown with the righteous politics of Bob Marley and sinuous sounds of Miles Davis. Fela drew as much inspiration for his

Afro-beat” from Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as funk, reggae, and jazz. Music Is the Weapon features interviews with Fela and a few of his many wives, along with performances of “ITT,” “Army Arrangement,” and other anthems. A controversial figure throughout his life, Fela is described as both “superstar” and “man of the people.” This short, but potent document ably explores that dichotomy. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Soul TV #1 – ‘Scratch’-The Documentary (2001)

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Teddy Pendergrass (R.I.P)- You Can’t Hide From Yourself

This is a classic version of the great Teddy Pendergrass (R.I.P) performing; ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ on Soul Train in 1979.
This was the sample used in 1997 by CHICAGO HOUSE legend ‘DJ Sneak’ in the seminal filtered disco-influenced house track ‘You Cant Hide From Your Bud’.

Teddy Pendergrass- You Cant Hide From Yourself

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DJ Sneak- You Cant Hide From Your Bud

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Also for anyone into classic Chicago House & Disco stuff like this come check out the RESPECT warehouse party this Sat 20th March

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Loft/Warehouse Space in Sydney CBD, 5 mins from central station, Check here on the week for venue details

Mar 20th 2009

Music: Soul, Disco, Classic Chicago House & Detroit Techno

DJ’s: George Kristopher / Mr X / Phil Toke / MikeKon

Tickets: $10 Here or or email us here for more info : soulofsydney@gmail.com

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