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The climactic concert of the seventh annual Watts Summer Festival, commemorating the 1965 riots, and featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Richard Pryor, and many more.
May 5, 2000 Limited
Sep 7, 2004
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The restored rerelease is a time capsule of Afros, anger and attitude.
A time when not only a single record company could put together a day like this, but could then give every dollar made to charity.
It just has the air of something too carefully laid out in advance. It's so busy being glossy and optimistic that it doesn't even allow its performers time to create on screen a measure of the excitement they might have created in person.
A candid, colorful and deeply meaningful sociocultural time capsule.
A recording of a historic moment, Wattstax has considerable value.
Whether or not you call it "blaxploitation," there was something like a riot goin' on in the American cinema of 1973.
Soul providers light up the stage.
Even Richard Pryor's tired old rant gets more screen time than any of the musicians
Hardcore fans of the music of the times will get a kick out of seeing their old idols in their former glory, and footage of the city of Watts is fascinating.
As Richard Pryor says, it's 'a soulful expression of the black experience'...
Wattstax was more than just an elaborate musical gathering of gifted energetic artists out to corral a spirited mood-it was an undeniably ultimate black lyrical experience...this stylish funky forum is infectious.
This gem of a concert documentary makes you realize how much of America's pop culture has been lost, ignored or left to rot since soul music's golden era three decades ago.
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