Sly & The Family Stone Doc 2/23/21

Sly & The Family Stone will be the subject of a new documentary by the Roots‘ Questlove, according to Variety. The still-untitled project follows Questlove’s 2021 directorial debut, Summer Of Soul (. . . Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), which scored both the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award..

Questlove said in a statement announcing the project, “It goes beyond saying that Sly’s creative legacy is in my DNA. It’s a black musician’s blueprint. To be given the honor to explore his history and legacy is beyond a dream for me.” No release date for the new doc has been announced.

Sly Stone’s sister — and Family Stone bandmate — Rose Stone explained to us that her brother — who was born Sylvester Stewart — took his stage name from his early DJ pseudonym: [“That happened because Sly was a disc jockey, and you know how disc jockeys always want a different ‘handle,’ as they call it. And ‘Sly Stone’ was a cool name, it was a hip name, and it fit with the kind of personality that he had, and that he still has. ‘Sly Stone: The hippest cat in the world’ — y’know, one of those kind of guys. He was just a cool disc jockey.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . cool disc jockey)

TL; DR

  • Sly & The Family Stone will be the subject of a new documentary by the Roots‘ Questlove, according to Variety.

SIDE NOTES

  • Questlove‘s Summer Of Soul (. . . Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) has been acquired by Searchlight Pictures and Hulu and spotlights the six-week 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. The doc will stream exclusively on Hulu this year.
  • The concerts at Harlem’s Mount Morris Park featured such legends as Stevie WonderSly & The Family Stone, B.B. KingDavid RuffinNina SimoneGladys Knight & The Pips, among many others.

FAST FACTS

  • Between 1968 and 1974, Sly & The Family Stone scored 11 Top 40 hits, including the Top Tens “Dance To The Music,” “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” and their three Number One hits — 1969’s “Everyday People,” 1970’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” and 1971’s “Family Affair.”
  • Sly & The Family Stone’s last album, 1982’s Ain’t One But The Way featured tracks recorded between 1974 and 1981. The album failed to chart on the Billboard 200.

DID YOU KNOW???

  • 2011 saw the release of Sly Stone‘s first new studio set in nearly three decades, with the star-studded I’m Back! Family And Friends collection.
  • Highlights on the reclusive funk legend’s comeback album include guest appearances by Jeff Beck on “(I Want To Take You) Higher,” Heart‘s Ann Wilson on “Everyday People,” the late-Ray Manzarek on “Dance To The Music,” Johnny Winter on “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” Bootsy Collins on “Hot Fun In The Summertime,” and Vanilla Fudge and Cactus drummer Carmine Appice on “Stand!”