Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney, and co-produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical interview footage, and rare archival. Film running time is 120 minutes. Bonus features include an essay by Mick Jagger, 27 minutes of additional interviews, commentary, photo gallery and Soul Train performances.
- Aspect Ratio : Unknown
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.88 Ounces
- Item model number : 4750641
- Director : Alex Gibney
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours
- Release date : November 6, 2015
- Actors : James Brown, Mick Jagger
- Studio : Ume
- ASIN : B015J9HP4A
- Number of discs : 1
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At the time, Elvis, and the new genre of rock and roll, was probably the most controversial and “dangerous” new thing in pop culture. Mr. Brown was still trying to find his “voice.” He was singing familiar styled blues and R&B songs. “Kansas City,” for example, became one of his early staples. By 1959 rock and roll nearly died; then came the Beatles, Motown, and a host of cultural upheavals during the 1960s.
Out of this decade of upheaval emerged the Godfather of Soul. He surrounded himself with great players and he found what he could do, and do well – bring the funk and soul. Nobody had heard anything like “Cold Sweat,” or “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” or “Say It Loud." Imagine what it must have been like to hear these songs for the first time!
“The Rise of James Brown” chronicles this time period; his climb to the top. This is not a survey of his entire career, but the period in which he was the most innovative, politically active, and a force to be reckoned with. So much so, that in 1969 LOOK Magazine placed him on their cover asking if he was the most important Black man in America.
The documentary includes fresh interviews with significant people associated with Mr. Brown, including, Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Maceo Parker, Melvin Parker (with a story about pulling a gun on Mr. Brown!), Pee Wee Ellis, Danny Ray, Alan Leeds, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley, Bobby Byrd, Martha High, and Al Sharpton. Informative and entertaining stories are shared about different events in his life including his appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, the Boston concert, his “natural” vs his “conk,” how his songs were written, his business dealings, and a segment by Mick Jagger (conveniently one of the producers) telling how James Brown did NOT upstage the Stones on the T.A.M.I. show.
This DVD includes great interviews, footage, and insightful backstories. With that said, I felt like it ended rather abruptly – either that or I just didn’t want the story telling to end! A comment was made in the documentary about Brown’s “mustache period” (a reference to his look in the 70’s) and the next thing I knew the movie was over. In my humble opinion Mr. Brown deserves to have the other periods of his life chronicled, as well, and perhaps the producers and financiers (including Mick Jagger) will find the time to tell the rest of JB’s story with the same quality as “The Rise of James Brown.”
Fans of Mr. Dynamite need to get on the good foot and check out this DVD!
Almost as important as the outcome of the mission of James Brown was his quest in getting there: his difficult childhood, the many personal sacrifices on the long road, living a life of poverty while working his way up, dealing with racial indifference.....and emerging on the other side of a hard and long journey. Besides Little Richard and Smoky Robinson, James Brown was one of the most significant African-American entertainers on the scene in the '50s.
His music/stage presence crafted a unique style which went on to influence the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, Morris Day and many others. In addition, there are other sides of James' life revealed -- as a perfectionist and activist in social cause for African-American rights.
James Brown's contribution to the shape of modern music as it exists now is immeasurable, and well-represented on this DVD.
Longtime fans will be stunned to find live material from a concert attended by Doctor Martin Luther King, in 1965, following a long March for Civil Rights. One realizes how important Brown was even at that early juncture in the fight. Most of us recall mainly the 1968 "makeshift" concert for Peace within 24 hours of the death of King.
Brown: Musical innovator and cultural emanicipator; poet; choreographer; show business savant. All covered nicely and consisely. However, I *did* find some unnecessary negatives about JB, courtesy of Melvin Parker and Mick Jagger.