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The One: The Life and Music of James Brown R.J. Smith

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown

R.J. Smith

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ISBN : 9781101561102
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464 pages
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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 timePlaying 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than fortyMoreThe 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 timePlaying 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. The One draws 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.The One 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 Browns unconventional childhood (his aunt ran a bordello), to his role in the Black Power movement, which used Say It Loud (Im Black and Proud) as its anthem, to his high-profile friendships, to his complicated family life, Smiths meticulous research and sparkling prose blend biography with a cultural history of a pivotal era.At the heart of The One is Browns musical genius. He had crucial influence as an artist during at least three decades- he inspires pity, awe, and revulsion. As Smith traces the legends reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and pop, he gives this history a melody all its own.