‘Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows’ Available Via Video On Demand

Syl Johnson: Any Approach the Wind Blows is now obtainable on a number of video-on-demand platforms for the primary time — together with Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Vudu or Vimeo On Demand, the place it was made obtainable in February after Johnson died. Johnson died on Feb. 6 on the age of 85.

Initially launched in 2015, the documentary traces the life and profession influential, however longtime neglected soul singer, from his Mississippi roots to his transfer to Chicago within the Sixties. After shifting to the Windy Metropolis, Johnson finally signed with Twinight Data, releasing hits together with “Come On Sock it to Me,” “Totally different Strokes” and “Is It As a result of I’m Black.” He additionally recorded with the identical band and producer as Al Inexperienced at Hello Data in Memphis within the Seventies — but stardom appeared to elude Johnson, regardless of being one of the vital sampled artists in hip-hop historical past.

“I believe he’s one of many unsung heroes of soul music, and likewise one of many unsung heroes of hip-hop music,” Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA says within the movie. “Lots of people could not know the identify of this man, Syl Johnson, however they know his music.”

The Rob Hatch-Miller-directed movie contains pictures and photographs from Johnson’s musical beginnings to his late profession resurgence. That includes an authentic rating by Yo La Tengo, the documentary additionally contains an look by Snoop Dogg and interviews with RZA, Prince Paul (De La Soul), Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw Data), Jazzy Jay (Afrika Bambaataa’s Soulsonic Power), Jonathan Lethem (author), Louis “Breakbeat Lou” Flores (Final Breaks & Beats), Otis Clay (Hello Data artist), and Gabriel Roth (Daptone Data, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings).

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