The Night James Brown Saved Boston
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* Extensive additional interviews footage.
* Panel discussion at Boston premiere of the film.
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The back drop: 1968, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King...
Countless American Cities are burning...
The question: How can the powers that be get as many people as possible to stay home and possibly pass up on the big riot?
The answer: James Brown, the hottest performer in show business to cool down one of the most explosive situations in the city's history... So public TV station WGBH decides to televise a special concert at the Boston Garden asking everyone to stay home...
This documentary features talking heads such as Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Alan Young, legendary Boston DJ James "Early" Byrd, the Mayor of Boston (at the time) and plenty of footage of JB from the era when he was busting out dance moves that literally seemed to defy the laws of gravity (I'm not joking...) Also includes intersting JB footage... and interesting commentary (especially by Rev. Al Sharpton and JB manager Charles Bobbitt on how JB didn't necessarily agree with all of MLK's ideas about pacifism and the Viet Naam war, but how he respected him greatly... It also includes some incredible behind the scenes commentary...
Though I've seen a lot of the footage together, the documentary still is incredibly insightful and a great companion to the actual performance - - really though, it should have been issued as a companion to the documentary, not a separate purchase...Read more ›
This film documents the times leading up to the events of April 5th, and the things that happened afterwards. Throughout this remarkable film is the music and the presence of James Brown, Soul Brother #1.
If you want music, there's a lot here. If you want history, there's a lot here. This is an amazing film that Everyone should see at least once in their lives.
The country lost a generation of dynamic, intelligent, and inspirational leaders by violent insidious actions. What help could/would they all have been in the class war that commenced a decade or so later? I digress...
The film, should have been called "Mayor White's Courageous Act: How PBS and James Brown soothed Boston after tragic day" or something to that effect... That said, the working title probably made it a bit easier to raise funds for the film. In any case, it offers great insight in to the "enlightened north" during the civil rights movement, and explains that although big cities and northern states were more progressive that the downright backward ex-confederacy, not all was well in terms of race relations. Even in Cosmopolitan Boston, white apprehension and prejudice was alive and well in a good portion of the population. Thank goodness those bloody backward times are in the past...
Now all we need is to find Class Warriors like the murdered civil rights advocates of days past that will fight fiscal inequality like MLK, RFK, Malcom X etc. fought racial inequality...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great information on Mr James Brown. Have a new found respect for the man!Published 10 months ago by W. Rahim
This was an important part of civil rights history. James Brown prevented riots and saved many lives in Boston when he stood up on stage, spoke and performed the night after Dr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steve Kilpatrick
Historical in nature. James Brown stepped into a powder keg and delivered the goods. Plus the concert was really greatPublished 23 months ago by Gregory McIntyre
learned a lot about james brown and the city of boston, and what it was like in 1968. also some good concert footage.Published on December 8, 2013 by bruce
i was visiting texas when i saw this advertised,and when i saw it at home for the very first time ,i remember seeing it on tv that very spring dayPublished on May 16, 2013 by gregory stevenson
This video was very informative from an historical perspective! I learned a lot about Dr. Martin Luther King Murder, and the surrounding facts that caused James Brown to be... Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Jean White
This movie shows the influence James Brown had on a people...and how one man squash a potential riot. And a must see performance!Published on April 19, 2013 by The Word of One