Pass The Popcorn: Watch The Full, Official Trailer For The Syl Johnson Documentary, 'Any Way The Wind Blows'
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Syl Johnson is one of soul music’s greatest unsung heroes. Here’s a man who began his recording career in the 1950s alongside blues legends like Magic Sam, Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells. Those early beginnings amongst the greats have led to a grip of bonafide hits, some of which have gone on to be some of the most sampled records of all-time, utilized by the likes of The Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and The Geto Boys. But after his mid-80s departure from the music industry, little has been known of Johnson or his whereabouts. The new documentary Any Way The Wind Blows, though it’s been in the works for roughly three years now, is poised to bring the public up to speed on Syl, his legacy and the mammoth catalogue left in his wake. In those years of development, only a few clips have surfaced from the film, but today we finally have the official trailer, finding RZA, Johnson’s daughter Syleena and some his nearest and dearest speaking to the not-so quiet genius of Syl Johnson and the turmoil he experienced, both personally and quite publicly, living in the shadow of label-mate and fellow legend Al Green. You can watch the full trailer for the Syl Johnson documentary, Any Way The Wind Blows down below, just be sure to stay tuned as we hopefully creep closer to a nationwide premiere outside of next week’s debut at the Chicago Film Festival.