"There are specific instructions when Isaac Hayes comes on."
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[SLYT] is a 1973 documentary film about the 1972 Wattstax music festival, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Featuring performances by Isaac Hayes, Albert King, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Staple Singers, The Emotions, The Bar-Kays, and other greats of soul, R&B, and gospel, Wattstax
also incorporates relatively unknown comic Richard Pryor's musings on life for black Americans in 1972, "man-and-woman-on-the-street" interviews, and audience footage. [NSFW]Executive producer Al Bell and filmmaker Mel Stuart talk about the making of Wattstax
Cultural critics and historians Thulani Davis
, Ed Guerrero
, and Craig H. Werner
explore the deeper currents in the film.
There's much, much more information (with links) about the history of Watts and the people, musicians and music of Wattstax
Yes, that's The Love Boat's Ted Lange!