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Ain’t It Funky

When Bootsy Collins defected from James Brown’s band for George Clinton’s, RJ Smith, in his new biography of Brown, gives us the desertion from Brown’s point of view: “You could not copyright a beat, a smell, the One. You made it and then a younger man in an ass-length blond wig marked it up and made it new.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


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Occupy Wall Street Bares Its Soul

As the biography on his website reads, funk/soul/R&B singer and songwriter Charles Bradley is “no stranger to hard times.” Raised on the streets of Brooklyn, Bradley lived much of his life as an itinerant cook and part-time musician before suffering the death of his brother by gunshot. (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

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