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From the Archives: Wattstax, 1972

Read what was written about the Watts Summer Festival and the Wattstax concert by the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone magazine.

 from the archives

ROLLING STONE, AUGUST 31, 1972:
Random Notes (Concert Preview)
"Stax Records, having one of its most successful years since the Otis and Sam & Dave years, will present almost its entire roster in a benefit for the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the Martin Luther King Hospital in Watts in L.A.'s 100,000-seat Coliseum August 20th."  | Read More »


THE LA TIMES, AUGUST 20, 1972:
"Wattstax: Giving Something Back to Community"
"Not only does the concert — the highlight of this year's Watts Summer Festival — carry the spirit of community cooperation that characterized rock music's Woodstock, but plans are already under way in the tradition of Woodstock, to make a film and album out of it." | Read More »


THE LA TIMES, AUGUST 21, 1972:
"7th Watts Summer Festival Ends with Parade, Discontent"
"'See,' the man said to his three companions, having proved his point, 'the people have forgotten the revolt — the only thing that's left is the festival.'" | Read More »


THE LA TIMES, AUGUST 22, 1972:
"Wattstax Concert at Coliseum"
"The highlight, predictably, was Isaac Hayes, who by now has saturated the local area with his particular brand of high-intensity soul with two sold-out concerts in two months." | Read More »






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