The James Brown Reader

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Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician. Known as the hardest-working man in show business, James Brown embodied rhythm and blues, funk and soul, and sensuality. His musical innovations in such indelible grooves as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” transformed American music. To appreciate ...

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The James Brown Reader: Fifty Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul

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Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician. Known as the hardest-working man in show business, James Brown embodied rhythm and blues, funk and soul, and sensuality. His musical innovations in such indelible grooves as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” transformed American music. To appreciate Brown’s immeasurable influence, to chronicle his professional and personal triumphs and struggles, and to capture his essence, writers from four decades weigh in on the legendary Soul Brother Number One. What emerges is a tribute to a trailblazer—one that no dedicated fan or music history buff will want to be without.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289468
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 711,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson George

Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for Playboy, Billboard, Esquire, the Village Voice, Essence, and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.

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Table of Contents

Time Line Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan

Introduction A Few Words About James Brown Nelson George George, Nelson

Pt. 1 1960s

Apollo, N.Y. 7

James Brown Boasts New Tune and Dance 8

Dick Clark Spotlights James Brown's Flames 9

James Brown: Vitality, Humility, Soul, Talent Eva Dolin Dolin, Eva 10

James Brown Just "Sings His Heart Out" 12

James Brown Meets the Nine Nobles Ron Courtney Courtney, Ron 14

James Brown Is Out of Sight Doon Arbus Arbus, Doon 18

JAMES BROWN IN PARIS: SOCK IT A MOl Jonathan Cott Cott, Jonathan 34

It's a New Day Harry Weinger Weinger, Harry Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan 36

Does He Teach Us the Meaning of 'BLACK Is Beautiful'? Albert Goldman Goldman, Albert 39

1968, January Chuck D. 43

James Brown Sells His Soul Mel Ziegler Ziegler, Mel 44

JAMES BROWN'S "SUPERBAD" (excerpt) David Brackett Brackett, David 51

Pt. II 1970s

From the Inside Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan 57

James Brown: "The Man" Vs. "Negroes" Ray Brack Brack, Ray 62

Take It to the Bridge Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan 64

"I Have Two Selves and One Is Black" Juan Rodriguez Rodriguez, Juan 68

James Brown Speaks to "Observer" Mike Ogbeide Ogbeide, Mike 72

Mister Messiah Philip Norman Norman, Philip 76

James Brown Is Super Bad Vernon Gibbs Gibbs, Vernon 84

The Man Behind the James Brown Myth Sharryn Watts Watts, Sharryn 91

Out of the Brown Bag Bob Palmer Palmer, Bob 101

Papa Takes Some Mess Pat Kelly Kelly, Pat 105

JAMES BROWN: BACK TO AFRICA - SEVENTIES STYLE (excerpt) Vernon Gibbs Gibbs, Vernon 122

After 21 Years, Still Refusing to Lose Cliff White White, Cliff 124

Pt. III 1980s

JAMES BROWN (excerpts) Robert Palmer Palmer, Robert 145

J-A-A-A-Ames Brown! ThulaniDavis Davis, Thulani 148

A Consumer Guide to James Brown Robert Christgau Christgau, Robert 155

Anything Left in Papa's Bag? Steve Bloom Bloom, Steve 160

THE RENEGADE & THE GODFATHER (excerpts) Gavin Martin Martin, Gavin 171

James Brown & Afrika Bambaataa Glenn O'Brien O'Brien, Glenn 180

JAMES BROWN: THE GODFATHER'S BACK, WITH A BULLET (excerpt) Ben Fong-Torres Fong-Torres, Ben 190

James Brown, Up and Down Michael Vitez Vitez, Michael 197

Pleas, Pleas, Pleas: The Tribulations and Trials of James Brown Ivan Solotaroff Solotaroff, Ivan 204

Pt. IV 1990s

THE BLUE FUNK OF A SOUL MAN (excerpts) David Mills Mills, David 215

DANCES WITH NATIONS: JAMES BROWN'S STAR TIME NAMES NAMES (excerpts) Dave Marsh Marsh, Dave 220

Pt. V 2000-2007

Getting' Down With Mr Brown David Jenkins Jenkins, David 227

Mr. Brown Philip Gourevitch Gourevitch, Philip 235

Being James Brown Jonathan Lethem Lethem, Jonathan 265

Perry Man Remembers Visit to Graceland After Death of Elvis Presley Woody Marshall Marshall, Woody 294

James Brown and His First Family of Soul Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan 297

James Brown Discography Alan Leeds Leeds, Alan 303

Credits 315

About the Authors 317

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