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The best music festival in 1969? Hint: It wasn't Woodstock

In a still from the film "Summer of Soul," Sly Stone performs at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969. Foto: Searchlight Pictures

The notes shimmer as B.B. King, resplendent in a blue sport jacket, slides his fingers across his red Gibson. The crowd in Harlem's Mount Morris Park sways, claps and smiles as he delivers a searing performance of "Why I Sing the Blues." The footage is stunning, but what also stands out in Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's 2021 documentary, "Summer of Soul," is the quality of the recording. This isn't some lo-fi bootleg. In fact, the sound on those nearly 50-year-old tapes surprised Thompson, the Roots drummer and bandleader on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

"How do the Roots use 104 microphones and 104 outputs?" Thompson said. "This festival only used 15."..

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