The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

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Penguin, Nov 13, 2008 - Music - 256 pages
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The untold story of the night a divide nation turned to James Brown—and he delivered hope and calm in the form of an immortal concert 

Since James Brown's death in December 2006, the Godfather of Soul has received many stirring tributes. Yet few have addressed his contribution in the darkest hour of the Civil Rights movement. Telling for the first time the story of his historic Boston Garden concert the day after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, The Hardest Working Man captures the magnificent achievements that made Brown an icon of American popular culture. 

Sullivan details the charged atmosphere in Boston, Brown's fight against city officials to take the stage, and the electric performance he delivered. Through the prism of this one concert, Sullivan also charts Brown's incredible rise from poverty to self-made millionaire, his enormous influence on popular music, and his complex relationship with the Civil Rights movement, making The Hardest Working Man both a tribute to an unforgettable concert and a rousing biography of a revolutionary musician.
 

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Breezy read on James Brown and not simply about the famous Boston concert where Brown cooled the crowd but placing JB into the late '60s black power movement, civil rights, and the Godfather's unique brand of Americanism self-help, paired with the soul and funk legend. Read full review

The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America

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The godfather of soul, Brown died in 2006. This snapshot of his personal and public lives focuses on his concert in Boston following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Sullivan, a contributor ... Read full review

Contents

OVERTURE
3 THINK
4 BRING IT UP
6 COLD SWEAT
8 THINGS GOT TO GET BETTER
9 GET IT TOGETHER
10 ITS A NEW DAY
11 ITS TOO FUNKY IN HERE
13 UNITY PT 1
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JAMES SULLIVAN was a pop culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle for seven years, and has also written for The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Book.

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