Sly and the Family Stone Want You to Stand Up

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Detail of the cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1969 album “Stand!”

In 1969, Sly and the Family Stone released their studio album, "Stand!" It dropped at a moment of intense cultural and political change, and the album provided a soundtrack for that fight. "This was like a Civil Rights anthem made rock-friendly,” says Jeff Kaliss, author of "I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone." Today, the songs on “Stand!” are among the most sampled in history, and the Library of Congress added it to National Recording Registry.

This story was produced by Devon Strolovitch for BMP audio.

(Originally aired November 19, 2015)

Music Playlist

  1. Soul Clappin' II

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
    Album: Stand!
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  2. Stand!

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
    Album: Stand!
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  3. Sing a Simple Song

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stones
    Album: Stand
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  4. Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
    Album: Stand!
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  5. I Want to Take You Higher

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
    Album: Stand!
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  6. Dance to the Music

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stone
    Album: Greatest Hits
    Label: Epic/Legacy
  7. Everyday People

    Artist: Sly and the Family Stones
    Album: Stand
    Label: Epic/Legacy