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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.35(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.71(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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.