Tuesday, December 26, 2006

James Brown, RIP: 1933-2006

In honor of a colleague who is a self-proclaimed "James Brown man to the bone" I enter this brief post acknowledging the passing of this legend this past Christmas morning. Brown was a mix of contradictions, vulnerable, cocky, hypermasculine, but with a plaintive falsetto that he stopped using in the mid-60s. Big on self-empowerment and self-discipline, he struggled with drug-use and incidents of domestic battery. He also recorded a jazz album that is rarely talked about, nor is his great love of jazz. A supporter of black liberation and Richard Nixon, at the same time, he was something of a progressive capitalist whose sentiments about power and history could be summarized in his theoretical throw-down regarding the difference between emphasizing the 1 versus the 2, or the upbeat versus the downbeat, which previously was the difference between white and black music (white rock was thought to ride on the "1" and "3"), but Brown reclaimed the "1" as a place of empowerment. All but eliminating melodic modulation in his work, Brown instead pushing the rhythm to the center throughout his instrumentation and arrangements. He started off in gospel, which he argued was the place where the "1" emphasis originated, and took much of that work into his muscular R&B. The Boston Globe has a thoughtful obituary and today NPR commentator Terri Gross aired a tribute program with a number of interviews with Brown, and others including Bruce Tucker, who collaborated with Brown on his 1986 autobiography, James Brown: The Godfather of Soul, as well as with former band members Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins:
NPR Christmas 2006 coverage by Renée Montagne
NPR: Terri Gross' December 26, 2006 Tribute to James Brown
90+ MP3 Minutes of NPR's Live Concert 2/28/2006 show, "James Brown in Concert"
Maceo Parker Remembers James Brown
Interview with Bootsy Collins about his musical path, including learning from James Brown
Obit from Chicago Tribune's music critic Greg Kot
Obit from Boston Globe (you may have to register to gain access)
Breath of Life's archived discussion of James Brown's "Cold Sweat" and various covers & JB's cover of "Georgia on My Mind" (unfortunately, without the MP3 jukebox 'cause that just takes too much juice to archive)


At 5:01 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Rejoice! Hear the news of the coming return of the Godfather!

James Brown seeks disciples to spread the good news of the Godfather's return and of his redemption of Soul!

Join the Church of James Brown, and be forever known as a Disciple of Soul.

Repeat the words:

I believe that James Brown died on Christmas day to redeem Soul.

I believe that James Brown is still the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

I believe that James Brown worked hard to spread the Gospel of Soul, and now, he's returned to the cosmic mothership to preach his gospel from on high, eternally united with the Father of Soul, Brother Ray, who plays keyboards righteously.

I believe that James Brown will return to the Apollo three days after his death to proclaim the power and the glory of Soul. Verily, he shall also be on television, to spread his gospel to the world.

Will you see the light of James Brown?
Will you hear, bear witness to, and spread the message of James Brown, the Soul Brother Number One?
Will you let James Brown in to your heart to purify and redeem Soul?

At 12:56 AM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.28
oakley sunglasses, jordan shoes, ugg boots, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, louboutin outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton outlet, prada outlet, tiffany and co, nike air max, cheap oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton, michael kors, burberry, louboutin shoes, ugg boots, prada handbags, louis vuitton outlet, uggs on sale, longchamp, longchamp outlet, tory burch outlet, chanel handbags, ugg boots, replica watches, nike air max, gucci outlet, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, tiffany jewelry, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, nike outlet, nike free, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton, polo ralph lauren outlet, ugg boots, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, replica watches, oakley sunglasses

At 12:57 AM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike roshe, vans pas cher, true religion jeans, longchamp pas cher, ray ban uk, lacoste pas cher, nike air max, michael kors, kate spade handbags, mulberry, air max, nike free, coach outlet, true religion outlet, north face, nike air max, lululemon, coach factory outlet, air jordan pas cher, nike air max, hollister, michael kors, true religion jeans, true religion jeans, hogan, north face, ray ban pas cher, sac longchamp, burberry, michael kors, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, nike blazer, air force, hermes, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, coach outlet, timberland, louboutin pas cher, vanessa bruno, converse pas cher, hollister pas cher, nike roshe run, new balance pas cher, coach purses, tn pas cher, sac guess, nike free run uk, ralph lauren uk, kate spade outlet

At 12:58 AM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nfl jerseys, bottega veneta, giuseppe zanotti, birkin bag, insanity workout, mont blanc, vans shoes, gucci, converse, oakley, hollister, louboutin, celine handbags, beats by dre, nike air max, hollister, jimmy choo shoes, instyler, wedding dresses, north face outlet, reebok shoes, soccer shoes, baseball bats, asics running shoes, chi flat iron, hollister, nike air max, nike roshe, mac cosmetics, longchamp, ferragamo shoes, abercrombie and fitch, herve leger, new balance, ghd, iphone 6 cases, converse outlet, nike huarache, lululemon, p90x workout, vans, soccer jerseys, mcm handbags, ralph lauren, babyliss, valentino shoes, nike trainers, timberland boots, ray ban, north face outlet, moncler

At 1:00 AM, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

juicy couture outlet, links of london, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, sac louis vuitton pas cher, moncler, moncler outlet, pandora charms, canada goose outlet, karen millen, canada goose, lancel, canada goose, swarovski, ugg boots uk, ugg pas cher, hollister, montre pas cher, moncler, canada goose uk, doke gabbana outlet, michael kors handbags, coach outlet, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, replica watches, doudoune canada goose, louis vuitton, canada goose outlet, moncler, toms shoes, wedding dresses, barbour jackets, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, swarovski crystal, barbour, moncler, thomas sabo, marc jacobs, moncler, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, canada goose, moncler, pandora jewelry, pandora jewelry, pandora charms, supra shoes, canada goose, juicy couture outlet, bottes ugg, michael kors outlet online
ninest123 09.28

At 9:33 PM, Blogger eric yao said...

Coach Outlet Coach Outlet Coach Outlet Online Coach Factory Outlet Coach Outlet Coach Outlet Store
Jordan Shoes For Sale Air Jordan 11 Air Jordan 1 Cheap Jordans


Post a Comment

<< Home