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JAMES BROWN: The Godfather of Soul.

Brown, James; Bruce Tucker.

138 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0025174304 / ISBN 13: 9780025174306
Published by MacMillan Publishing Company,, New York:, 1986
Condition: G+ Hardcover
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Hardback U. S. Second printing signed by James Brown and inscribed to previous owner; small spot or perhaps smudge at beginning of inscription. Hinges sound, uncracked; pages tight, clean. Hint of bowing of textblock. Pencil-eraser-size spot on upper textblock edge. Yellow paper-covered boards slightly browned/faded along some edges. Spine is gray cloth. DJ shelfworn, wtih minor indentations, edgewear but no major tears or other defects. ; Bookseller Inventory # 46232

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Title: JAMES BROWN: The Godfather of Soul.

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company,, New York:

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:G+

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Synopsis:

A man of many names: The hardest working man in show business, King of the one nighters, Soul Brother #1, the sex machine ... but everyone knows who they mean. James Brown: The Godfather of Soul. Since his first chart-topper in 1956, he's outlived, outlasted, and outperformed all rivals. He is the funk-and-soul innovator and rap's driving spirit. His dazzling stage shows are legendary. Now 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 photo inserts, 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. "Fine blend of social responsibility, cranked-up ego, and pronouncements on his own music and its place in the world"—Amazon.com

Review:

The autobiography Godfather of Soul was originally published before James Brown's late-'80s brushes with the law, so those looking for the man's thoughts on his drug problems and subsequent incarceration will walk away empty-handed. Seekers after the fine blend of social responsibility, cranked-up ego, and pronouncements on his own music and its place in the world, however, will be amply rewarded. Fascinating tidbits--from the claim that Elvis Presley once hoped to record with the JBs to the story of being able to find only white and Asian kids in a last-minute recruiting effort for the shout-along on "Say It Loud--I'm Black and I'm Proud"--abound. But you probably guessed as much of the auteur of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," Live at the Apollo, and "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto." --Rickey Wright

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