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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… James Brown August 24, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

‘Dad do you know James Brown’ asked my son the other day..’He’s just so cool ..’ …’got any of his stuff?’
I was thrilled that amid all the dross on the radio he had managed to come upon James Brown all by himself. I had one CD and its now on my sons ipod. I wouldn’t have been a huge Brown fan but his music was great and well, he was cool.
Was looking at Browns wiki entry and he led a remarkable life. His politics was quite interesting, especially considering he wrote and recorded “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. I had read previously how he stood away from the Civil Rights movement and was political because of his status and popularity rather than by choice. He was deemed by many to be an ‘Uncle Tom’. His reaction was to write the song that became an anthem for The Civil Rights movement in the US. Yet after the songs success Brown toured as a VSO with the US troops in Vietnam and was a Republican supporter.
enjoy the funk…

James Browns sermon from the Blues Brothers

and finally a selection of 44 minutes of him on the show ‘Soul Train’ pure joy.


1. WorldbyStorm - August 24, 2013

Yeah, it’s interesting. Great music, fantastic music, but I never warmed to him as an artist.


doctorfive - August 24, 2013

Dubious personal life for sure, terrible, but woven into the dna of modern music. Peerless

Can always stick with Lyn Collins for the same effect

Peter Doggett’s book is a good run though the sixties music & politics. Civil rights, feminism, socialism, anti war all had their heroes and anthems. Deals a good bit with Brown, he stayed arms length from Civil Rights until a visit to Ghana but maintained a fairly ambiguous relationship still.



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