Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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 nice and consisely. However, I *did* find some unnecessary negatives about JB, courtesy of Melvin Parker and Mick Jagger.
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Every that was shared in this Bio Movie was awesome, I purchase movie not learn more, Because I made business know who Mr. Dynamite was years ago. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Sammy
Surprisingly good read by an author I was unaware of until now.Published 1 month ago by E. V. Gatlin