The One: The Life and Music of James Brown

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Roll over Elvis! Dylan! Beatles!… because the most important musician of the 20th century was James Brown! Full of unprecedented research and never-before-heard interviews, The One is a portrait of a man whose fascinating life helps understand the music he made. The musical genius, who all but created funk and dominated R&B and pop, was born into abject poverty in South Carolina and raised in rural Georgia amid violent racial tensions. Brown’s revolutionary music grew from the southern soil of his youth, the drumbeat of old slave songs, and the sound and spirit of the gospel. From the Chitlin’ Circuit to the Apollo Theater, James Brown amassed forty-four Billboard Top 40 hit singles, played up to 350 shows a year at his peak, and was a show par excellence. Meticulously research, this account not only delves into the complexities of Brown as an artist but also explores his role in the Black Power movement, his high-profile friendships, his complicated personal life, and his loss (and gain) of several fortunes. Most significantly, RJ Smith has crafted a fascinating biography that places Brown in his proper place in the pantheon of music legends. Notes, Index. Illus., b&w photos. 455p.

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