James Brown: The Godfather of Soul

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9780025174306: James Brown: The Godfather of Soul

He was 'the hardest working man in show business'; he invented modern funk music; he was an electrifying, sweat-drenched live performer; he was the gospel-singing, jiving preacher who stole the show in "The Blues Brothers": he spent several periods in jail; he wrote such funk classics as "Please Please Please", "Sex Machine", "Living in America" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag". James Brown was one of the truly legendary figures of modern pop, soul and rock music, and a seminal influence on countless musicians from Mick Jagger to Prince.Now, two years after his death, Aurum republish Brown's own life story: his remarkably frank, passionate and revealing autobiography, out of print in the UK for 20 years."The Godfather of Soul" tells of Brown's childhood in a brothel in Augusta, Georgia, his roots in gospel singing, his rise to fame from the endless gigging on the chitlin circuit, his time in jail, and every milestone in his astonishing musical career, including his friendships with Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Tina Turner, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. It is an astonishing tale of a man who was larger than life on and off-stage every minute of his existence.This is a classic autobiography by one of the true legends of pop music. It is reissued two years after Brown's death. It was previously out of print for 20 years. Brown had a huge UK following who would pack out every gig. It features a striking paperback cover.

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James Brown tells his own story, just as he plays his music: loud, proud and soulful. From his dirt-poor childhood in an Augusta brothel to wealth and world fame and his recent incarceration, James Brown takes a unique look behind the closed doors of poverty, segregation, politics and the music industry. With brilliant anecdotes about Little Richard, Elvis, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Tammi Terrell, Michael Jackson, and many others, plus a new updated introduction and epilogue and an exhaustive discography.

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James Brown dominated the R&B charts for half a century. He has reached the Billboard top 40 nearly 100 times and occupied the number one spot on seventeen different occasions. In 1992 the Godfather of Soul was awarded a special lifetime achievement Grammy award.

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