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Questlove on World Cafe

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Questlove's 'Summer of Soul' brings lost music back to life

There were two big music festivals happening in the summer of 1969. While one defined an entire generation of culture and music... the other remained obscure — the only recorded footage placed in a basement that was said to have sat, unpublished, for decades. That is, until Questlove's first documentary Summer of Soul came out last year. In this episode, Sam chats with Questlove about the recent release of the film's soundtrack, the long history of Black erasure, and the memorable performances from the likes of The 5th Dimension, Stevie Wonder (playing the drums!), Mavis Staples, Mahalia Jackson, and Nina Simone.

Questlove's 'Summer of Soul' brings lost music back to life

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Amber Mark's stunning debut, Three Dimensions Deep, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on Jan. 28. Nelson Huang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 5 albums out on Jan. 28

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Questlove, here at the Grammys in January 2020, says the pandemic has changed him. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for the Recording Academy hide caption

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For Questlove, The Pandemic Meant Embracing Quiet — And Buying A Farm

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Singer Abbey Lincoln performing at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in a scene from the new concert film Summer of Soul. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Questlove Discusses His Must-See New Doc, 'Summer Of Soul'

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'Summer Of Soul' Celebrates A 1969 Black Cultural Festival Eclipsed By Woodstock

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Questlove's previous books include Mo' Meta Blues and Soul Train. He also teaches a class about classic albums at New York University. Ben Watts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

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