When the film about singer Syl Johnson, SYL JOHNSON: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS, played DOC NYC in 2015. It was called one of the must sees of the festival.
We were limited at the time as to what we could say however Chocko loved it and raved about it.
His thoughts are here:
SYL JOHNSON: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS
DIR: Rob Hatch-Miller
This movie profiles the soul singer behind the 1967 song "Different Strokes" which was sampled by countless hip hop acts such as RUN DMC, Boogie Down Productions, Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z. The documentary tells the history of the gritty, soul singer who traveled from Mississippi to Chicago to be part of the music scene along with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Junior Wells. The film follows Johnson's career, the ups and downs-warts and all. If you're like me and you love documentaries about music and musicians then be sure to check this out.
My thoughts were as follows:
I do have to say that it's a really good little film about a singer that most people have never heard of ,but probably most of us have heard performing either through his records or the large number of samples of his work.