James Brown: Soul Survivor

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James Brown: Soul Survivor spans more than four decades of the one and only Godfather of Soul, documenting the rise and fall of the "hardest working man in show business." Through archival footage, excerpts read from his biography, and interviews with the people closest to the man, you get an inside look at the music and political times which helped shape Brown's career through the ages. Various friends lending thoughts in the program include the Rev. Al Sharpton, rapper Chuck D, Little Richard, and former ...
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James Brown: Soul Survivor spans more than four decades of the one and only Godfather of Soul, documenting the rise and fall of the "hardest working man in show business." Through archival footage, excerpts read from his biography, and interviews with the people closest to the man, you get an inside look at the music and political times which helped shape Brown's career through the ages. Various friends lending thoughts in the program include the Rev. Al Sharpton, rapper Chuck D, Little Richard, and former long-time musical director Fred Wesley. Performances include segments from a House of Blues gig along with rare, behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of the maestro at work. Originally aired as part of the American Masters television documentary series, this 90-minute special was later released on DVD under the Polydor label.
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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Very few entertainers throughout history have had as big of an impact as the legendary James Brown. Soul Survivor brilliantly documents the story of the impoverished youth from Augusta, GA, whose rise to power lead entire generations through America's darkest days. From his early days of gospel-inspired soul to his birth of funk, the special deftly shows how this famously controlling performer rose above musical traditions while becoming a leading figure among African-Americans throughout the 1960s and '70s. With dramatic archival footage fueling the story, the audience gets a rare glimpse into the genius that was The James Brown Show. Whether it's the smoking Ryker Island Prison show in 1972 or the televised broadcast the night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, each clip is full of all the dynamite and soul that only he could bring to the stage. The downfall of the man is covered as well, with his habitual drug problems and famed IRS dealings being the focal point of the last third of the film. Soul Survivor is a testament to Brown's place in history -- not only musically, but also culturally. Despite all his flaws, he brought love, understanding, and an amazing grasp of the groove to a world that desperately needed it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 602498091678
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Imports
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Brown Participant
Dan Aykroyd Participant
Afrika Bambaataa Participant
Chuck D Participant
Lyn Collins Participant
Chuck D Participant
Nelson George Participant
Martha High Participant
Wyclef Jean Participant
Little Richard Participant
Al Sharpton Participant
Fred Wesley Participant
Marva Whitney Participant
Technical Credits
Jeremy Marre Director, Producer
Nick de Grunwald Executive Producer
Susan Lacy Executive Producer
Phil MacDonald Editor
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