The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America


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The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America by James Sullivan

The untold story of the night a divide nation turned to James Brown—and he delivered hope and calm in the form of an immortal concert 

Since James Brown's death in December 2006, the Godfather of Soul has received many stirring tributes. Yet few have addressed his contribution in the darkest hour of the Civil Rights movement. Telling for the first time the story of his historic Boston Garden concert the day after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, The Hardest Working Man captures the magnificent achievements that made Brown an icon of American popular culture. 

Sullivan details the charged atmosphere in Boston, Brown's fight against city officials to take the stage, and the electric performance he delivered. Through the prism of this one concert, Sullivan also charts Brown's incredible rise from poverty to self-made millionaire, his enormous influence on popular music, and his complex relationship with the Civil Rights movement, making The Hardest Working Man both a tribute to an unforgettable concert and a rousing biography of a revolutionary musician.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592404902
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

JAMES SULLIVAN was a pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle for seven years, and has also written for The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Book.

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Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Billed as the story behind James Brown’s concert in Boston held in the shadow of MLK’s assassination, but “The Hardest Working Man” is more of an overview of Brown’s career and work in the community.  While the author does tell the story of the Boston show and does a good job of tying much of the information he presents to the show, it’s clear that the show just didn’t offer enough to write about to fill the entire book.  If you’re a big JB fan (or want to learn more about him) this book will be right up your alley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago