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    One The Life and Music of James Brown

    ISBN-10: 1592406572
    ISBN-13: 9781592406579
    Author(s): R. J. Smith
    Description: The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our time. Playing 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than  More...
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    Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 464
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
    Weight: 1.496
    Language: English

    The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our time. Playing 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than forty Billboardhits, James Brown was a dazzling showman who transformed American music. His life offstage was just as vibrant, but until now no biographer has delivered a complete profile. The Onedraws on interviews with more than 100 people who knew Brown personally or played with him professionally. Using these sources, award-winning writer RJ Smith draws a portrait of a man whose twisted and amazing life helps us to understand the music he made. The Onedelves deeply into the story of a man who was raised in abject poverty in the segregated South but grew up to earn (and lose) several fortunes. Covering everything from Brown's unconventional childhood (his aunt ran a bordello), to his role in the Black Power movement, which used "Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud)" as its anthem, to his high-profile friendships, to his complicated family life, Smith's meticulous research and sparkling prose blend biography with a cultural history of a pivotal era. At the heart of The Oneis Brown's musical genius, as Smith traces the legend's reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and pop, and his evolution as an artist whose crucial influence spans at least 5 decades.

    Introduction: Give The Drummer Some
    A Certain Elemental Wildness
    The Terry
    The Black Satchel
    Toccoa
    A New Orleans Choo-Cuoo
    Top Banana
    The Traveler
    Star Time
    Keep On Fighting
    The Cape Act
    Man's World
    Guost Notes
    America
    How You Gonna Get Respect?
    Color TVS and Dasuikis
    The Other Further
    Master of Time
    Soul Power
    Follow the Money
    Emulsified
    The Hustle
    I Can See the Light!
    An Uproar All the Time
    The Dancer
    Hit It and Quit It
    Afterword
    List of Interviewees
    Other Interviews Used
    Notes
    Acknowledgments
    Index

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