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The James Brown Reader: Fifty Years of Writing about the Godfather of Soulby Nelson George
Synopses & Reviews
Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician. Known as the hardest-working man in show business, James Brown embodied rhythm and blues, funk and soul, and sensuality. His musical innovations in such indelible grooves as Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” I Got You (I Feel Good),” and Papas Got a Brand New Bag,” transformed American music. To appreciate Browns immeasurable influence, to chronicle his professional and personal triumphs and struggles, and to capture his essence, writers from four decades weigh in on the legendary Soul Brother Number One. What emerges is a tribute to a trailblazer—one that no dedicated fan or music history buff will want to be without.
George and Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician.
About the Author
Nelson George, author, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker, has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written fifteen nonfiction books, including Hip Hop America and The Death of Rhythm and Blues.
Alan Leeds, a superstar networker in the music industry who has worked with musicians from Prince to Maxwell, is one of the leading experts on James Brown. He and George were among the team of writers who won a Grammy for the liner notes of the James Brown boxed set Star Time.
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