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Author LinkSmith, R. J.,1959-
Title LinkThe one : the life and music of James Brown / RJ Smith.
Edition 1st trade pbk. printing.
Imprint New York : Gotham Books, c2012.
Description 455 p., [8] p. of plates :  ill. ;  23 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Give the drummer some -- A certain elemental wildness -- The Terry -- The Black Satchel -- Toccoa -- A New Orleans choo-choo -- Top banana -- The traveler -- Star time -- Keep on fighting -- The cape act -- Man’s world -- Ghost notes -- America -- How you gonna get respect? -- Color TVs and dashikis -- 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.
Summary A tribute to the life and achievements of the "Godfather of Soul" covers his unconventional youth in a segregated South, his complicated family life, and his work as a civil rights advocate and entrepreneur.
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 Billboard hits, James Brown was a dazzling showman who transformed American music. His life offstage was just as vibrant, and until now no biographer has delivered a complete profile. This book 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. This book delves deeply into the story of a man who was raised in abject-almost medieval-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 is Brown’s musical genius. He had crucial influence as an artist during at least three decades; he inspires pity, awe, and revulsion. As Smith traces the legend’s reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and pop, he gives this history a melody all its own. -- Publisher description
Per.Sub. LinkBrown, James, 1933-2006.
Subject LinkSoul musicians -- United States -- Biography.

System Number 000670712
ISBN Link9781592406579

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