Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics ...
Themselves
The Staple Singers ...
Themselves
Kim Weston ...
Herself
Jimmy Jones ...
Himself
Rance Allen ...
Himself
The Emotions ...
Themselves
William Bell ...
Himself
Louise McCord ...
Herself
Debra Manning ...
Herself
Eric Mercury ...
Himself
Freddy Robinson ...
Himself
Lee Sain ...
Himself
Ernie Hines ...
Himself
Sonny Warner ...
Himself (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers ...
Themselves
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Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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A portion of the proceeds went to Martin Luther King Hospital and the American Sickle Cell foundation as well as a few other predominantly African-American charities. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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What You See Is What You Get
Written by Tony Hester
Performed by The Dramatics
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The Black folks Woodstock
9 April 2002 | by (Newark,N.J.) – See all my reviews

After realizing Richard Pryor was in this ,I have spent about 2 years trying to track down a copy ,as I am collecting and have most of his body of work (audio & video).This picture is very seldom seen and a true picture Of us in the early 70's.The beauty of this film is in the impact of seeing real people in the so called 'hood at that time. It was a simpler time, and we still had alot of soul and pride in being what we were.We were one with the music and able to express our individuality. The civil rights movement had just begun to show some gain .But for most of us,it was about sex ,drugs ,and funky soul music .Seeing the young radical looking Rev. Jesse Jackson was incredible and its a shame we recently lost Rufus Thomas ,Johnny Taylor ,Pop Staples .I think in retrospect there is much truth in this film ....


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