The James Brown Reader: 50 Years of Writing about the Godfather of Soul

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Nelson George, Alan Leeds
Plume, 2008 - Music - 318 pages
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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 “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” transformed American music.

To appreciate Brown’s 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.

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Nelson George is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. He has written for "Playboy," "Billboard," "Esquire," the "Village Voice," "Essence," and many other national magazines, as well as writing and producing television programs and feature films.

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