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Curtis Mayfield - In Concert (1990)

Cast: Curtis Mayfield, Curtis Mayfield
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Studio: Music Video Distributors
Genre: Foreign, Music, Music Videos/Performance, Germany
Running Time: 60 min.
Languages: English, German
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian
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One of the most groundbreaking artists in the history of soul music, Curtis Mayfield first rose to fame in the late '50s as a member of the Impressions, who blended gospel-influenced harmonies with the intelligent melodicism of Mayfield's songs, scoring hits with love songs like "Gypsy Woman" as well as politically and socially influenced material such as "People Get Ready." After Mayfield went solo in the early '70s, he found his greatest success with the soundtrack of the film Superfly, featuring hard-edged depictions of urban life such as "Freddie's Dead," "Pusherman," and the title tune. While his popularity waxed and waned, Mayfield remained active as a performer and recording artist up until the summer of 1990, when a lighting rig fell on him during a concert in Brooklyn, NY, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. While the accident ended Mayfield's career as a live performer, he continued to oversee the operations of his record company, and even released an album of new songs in 1996. Curtis Mayfield: In Concert is a home video release of a live concert Mayfield videotaped for European television in 1990, only a few months before his tragic accident. Along with the above-mentioned songs, Mayfield performs "Move on Up," "We Gotta Have Peace," and four others. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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