WATTSTAX

Director Mel Stuart
Year 1973
Starring Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Bar-Kays, The Staple Singers, Albert King
Rating R
Run Time 98min
More Info IMDb

Part of The Alamo Goes to '11'; our month-long celebration of music in movies!

 

WATTSTAX the concert was an incredible outpouring od music, soul and the black experience. Staged in the L.A. Coliseum in the Summer of 1972, it brought together over 100,000 people in a spirit of joy, pride and celebration. Virtually the entire Stax Records roster, including Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and the Staple Singers, put their hearts into performances that matched the magic of the occasion and forged a connection with the crowd which is still remembered and revered.

WATTSTAX the movie is more than just incredible musical performances. Through topical street interviews on subjects ranging from music and love to politics and the 1965 Watts Revolt, the film provides unexpectedly potent insight into life in Watts. A young, relatively unknown Richard Pryor peppers the film with biting wit in a series of standup routines, binding the interviews and musical performances together into a powerful statement on life in Black America.

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