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This biographical documentary examines the early life and career of musical icon James Brown, from abandoned, impoverished child to Godfather of Soul. Watch trailers & learn more.
Brown sang, and the city of Boston didn't burn down. This film tells the story of the pivotal role that James Brown-and that particular James Brown concert-played in the political, social and cultural history of the country, focusing on 1968, a defining year for America .
With James Brown, Christian McBride, Bobby Byrd, Greg Tate. A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956. The story of James Brown, singer, songwriter and showman extraordinaire. From his life growing up in abject poverty, to his rise to fame and his influence on music. Contains some rare footage of James Brown concerts and you can feel the dynamism of his performance and sheer exuberance of the show. Could there ever have been someone with a greater stage presence? Some quite illuminating interviews from people who he worked with - former band members mostly - and people he influenced.
This documentary follows Brown’s rise from pauper to prince and shows how he engineered his music to ensure domination of R&B from doo-wop to hip-hop. Brown’s musical and personal decline is not discussed here. This isn’t because Mr Dynamite trades in hagiography – far from it (former band members and associates tell of his meanness, cunning, violence towards women and other negative traits) but because director Alex Gibney and producer Mick Jagger want Mr Dynamite to be about the artist who literally changed how popular music was made, and who inspired so very many.
A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956. You May Like Movies Drama.
Bonus: James Brown and The . s live on Soul Train, performing an incendiary medley of "Cold Sweat/I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)/Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/The Payback. 6. Bonus: From deep in the "Soul Train" archive, James Brown joins B. B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland in an impromptu blues medley.
James Brown was obsessed with The One. It signified the first and over-emphasised beat of the 4/4 rhythm of funk, the music that Brown and his band spawned between 1965’s Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag and 1967’s Cold Sweat – both numbers have a claim as funk’s founding charter. And, of course, The One signified Brown himself, Mr Dynamite, the amazing Mr PleasePlease, the Hardest Working Man In Showbiz, Soul Brother Number One! As an act of self-invention, Brown has few rivals in pop. Abandoned by his parents, he was raised by his aunt in the el she ran in poverty-stricken.
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|2||Bonus: Feature-lenght roundtable commentary with Ahmir Questlove Thompson, bandleader of the legendary Roots crew; Christian McBride, bassist and bandleader; Alan Leeds, JB historian and former Brown tour director; and Harry Weinger, lead producer of "Star Time" and other JB reissues|
|3||Bonus: 27 minutes of additional interview clips from the original James Brown Revue members Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins, Martha High, Maceo Parker, Melvin Parker, Jab'o Stars, Clyde Stubblefield and "Cape Man" Danny Ray, as well as Chuck D, Mr. Leeds, Mr. McBride, Rev. Al Sharpton, Greg Tate and Mr. Thompson|
|4||Bonus: Music video for "It's A Man's Man's World", directed by Xavier Fauthoux, winner of the Saatchi & Saatchi James Brown Music Video Challenge|
|5||Bonus: James Brown and The J.B.'s live on Soul Train, performing an incendiary medley of "Cold Sweat/I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)/Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/The Payback|
|6||Bonus: From deep in the "Soul Train" archive, James Brown joins B. B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland in an impromptu blues medley|
NotesA look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.
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