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Free screening of Sam Cooke film
7pm, Saturday 25th July 2015

By Wayne Richmond
Posted Thursday, June 11, 2015

Written by Peter Guralnick (Lost Highway) and narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Sam Cooke - Legend is a stirring look at a singular talent.

This tuneful documentary can't possibly examine every detail of the late singer-songwriter's life in a mere 70 minutes. Nonetheless, Guralnick, who has overseen the reissue of several Cooke CDs, has put together a surprisingly thorough biography. Destination points include Cooke's gospel roots, groundbreaking career decisions, and forays into the civil rights movement. The story is fleshed out by vintage performance and interview clips (the chats with Dick Clark are particularly insightful).

Sam Cooke

Commentators include family members and fellow performers like Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, and Bobby Womack, while musical highlights include Cooke's version of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" (a song he wished he had written) and a breezy duet with friend Cassius Clay (soon to become Muhammad Ali).

Humph Hall
85 Allambie Road
Allambie Heights

Photo of Humph Hall

Formerly the Allambie Heights Uniting Church, Humph Hall is now the private home of Gial Leslie and Wayne Richmond

This screening is a taster for The Songs of Sam Cooke & Ben E King Choir - an 8 wk course starting at the Tramshed in Narrabeen on Thursday 30th July. Enq: Kate Maclurcan (0412) 771 394

 
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Venues/Clubs Humph Hall

Location
85 Allambie Road
Allambie Heights

(Formerly the Allambie Heights Uniting Church)

Enquiries
Wayne Richmond
(02) 9939 8802