Wattstax

Culver City, CA: Columbia Pictures, 1973. Two original posters, each with a different design, for the well-loved 1973 documentary about the famed Wattstax music festival, the largest all-black soul music concert of all time, held by Stax Records on August 20, 1973 commemorating the seventh anniversary of the Watts race riots. Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Documentary.

Includes musical performances from soul music greats like Isaac Hayes, the Staples Singers, Carla Thomas, and the Bar-Kays, as well as an invocation from a young Reverend Jesse Jackson, comedy routines from Richard Pryor, and interviews with Richard Pryor, Ted Lange, and others.

Though billed as a documentary of the festival, this film also provides insight into urban African American life in the early 1970s, with footage of daily scenes in the Watts community interspersed between musical performances. In awareness of the systemic racial and economic injustice that had in part led to the riots, tickets for the festival were sold for only one dollar in an attempt to include as much of the local community as possible.

Set in Watts, Los Angeles and shot there on location.

One poster 27 x 41 inches, rolled, The other poster 36 x 14 inches, folded. Both posters quite sharp, about Fine.


[Book #133208]

Price: $450.00