Film Screening: Movin’ On Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions

Friday, February 17: 6:30 p.m. -

In celebration of Black History Month, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will present a special film series, “Double Exposure: African American Music on Film,” which will highlight the central role of African Americans in the history of rock and roll.

Movin’ On Up: The Music and Message of Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions (2008)


Throughout the ‘60s, the Impressions helped provide a soundtrack for the civil rights movement with such classic songs as “People Get Ready,” “Meeting Over Yonder,” “Choice of Colors” and “We’re a Winner.” Later as a solo artist Curtis further defined an era with his ‘70s masterpiece, Superfly. This documentary tells their incredible story through interviews with Impressions Fred Cash and Sam Gooden, Curtis’ wife Altheida Mayfield, producer/arranger Johnny Pate, Carlos Santana, Chuck D, civil rights leader Ambassador Andrew young, and archival interviews with Curtis Mayfield, as well as 22 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1973. This film celebrates the craft and the conscience of one the 20th century’s great souls.

Film director David Peck and Rob Bowman, Director of York University’s Graduate Program in Ethnomusicology and author of the film’s liner notes, will discuss the film and its impact after the screening

This event is free with a reservation.  Please email or call the Education Department at 216.515.8426.