American Masters

How Roberta Flack created soul with "getting-togetherness"

Clip: 01/24/2023 | 2m 43s  | Video has closed captioning.

Songwriter Les McCann described seeing Roberta Flack perform with all of that "getting-togetherness," referencing the soulful and central quality of Black music. "The concept of soul was really this attempt to recreate what was particular about being Black in America. This experience of struggle and resilience and pride," said author and cultural critic Emily Lordi.

Aired: 01/24/23

Rating: NR

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