Sunday, November 8, 2009

Wattstax (1973)



Wattstax is a 1973 documentary film by Mel Stuart that focused on the 1972 Wattstax music festival and the African American community of Watts in Los Angeles, California. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Documentary Film in 1974. It was also screened at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition. The concert was held at the Los Angeles Coliseum on August 20, 1972, and organized by Memphis's Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Wattstax was seen by some as "the Afro-American answer to Woodstock". To enable as many members of the black community in L.A. to attend as possible, tickets were sold for only $1.00 each. The Reverend Jesse Jackson gave the invocation, which included his "I Am - Somebody" poem, which was recited in a call and response with the assembled stadium crowd. In the film, interspersed between songs are interviews with Richard Pryor, Ted Lange and others who discuss the black experience in America.


3 comments:

MUSIC THROUGH THE YEARS said...

Thanks again.This was very good and it brings me back years and years ago.
All the faces we saw in this documentary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you for sharing all these milestones with us.

Chris

d3lta said...

You're right Chris, it's a trip down memory lane, glad you enjoyed it ;-)

pahprint said...

Is this film no longer avl for viewing?


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