FORGET WOODSTOCK, PART TWO: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE at HARLEM FESTIVAL 1969 – professionally filmed, yet never commercially released

Continuing on from our recent post on NINA SIMONE’s all-time-winner from-the-soul performance in Central Park, summer 1969 at the Harlem Festival, here’s some grainy/blurry nth gen footage of Sly and the Family Stone’s performance AT THE SAME FESTIVAL. Other performers included STEVIE WONDER, B.B. KING, THE STAPLES SINGERS, MAHALIA JACKSON, GLADYS KNIGHT and many more. This footage has never been commercially released. (More info on that here.) It is an outrage that this festival has been disappeared from history while Woodstock, which happened the same season, gets all the play and press and so on. See what we’re talking about…

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

2 thoughts on “FORGET WOODSTOCK, PART TWO: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE at HARLEM FESTIVAL 1969 – professionally filmed, yet never commercially released

  1. Pingback: “ARE YOU READY, BLACK PEOPLE?”: NINA SIMONE’s all-time knockout performance at the Harlem Festival, 1969 | ARTHUR MAGAZINE - WE FOUND THE OTHERS

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