Live Performances 1968-1973

February 23, 2009

As we celebrate Black History Month, WNET (New York’s PBS affiliate) has made six episodes of Soul! available online. Soul! was an entertainment-variety-talk show that was not only a vehicle to promote African-American artistry, community and culture, but also a platform for political expression and the fight for social justice. It showcased classic live musical performances from funk, soul, jazz, and world musicians, and had in-depth, extraordinary interviews with political, sports, literary figures and more. It was the first program on WNET to be recorded with the then-new technology of videotape, and most of the shows were recorded in real-time—not live, but unedited.

If you enjoy the music of Tito Puente, Earth, Wind & Fire,  Ashford & Simpson and more, check out these six episodes. WNET has promised to make another 40 episodes available in the near future.


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