Bill Withers is “Still Bill”

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14 January 2010

A new(ish) documentary on legendary soul singer Bill Withers, called “Still Bill,” is terrific.   I saw it at the Harlem Stage Theater — a gorgeous venue on the campus of City College — with a great crowd.

Special guests for Q&A were percussionist and Harlem native Ralph MacDonald (who also co-wrote “Just the Two of Us”) and filmmaker/producer Warrington Hudlin (HOUSE PARTY).

Mr. Withers is an engaging, complicated, and touching character, as documentary subjects go, and the filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack capture this well.  Performance and interview footage of Withers from the ’70’s and ’80’s is well-chosen.  Here’s a lil o’ Bill, performing his hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

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