Monday, July 16 2007
Music truly is the universal language. The best songs of protest are passed around, from movement-to-movement, era-to-era; its singers gaining multilingual fluency along the way.
Tuesday, January 2 2007
Though James Brown's body was lying in state at the Apollo Theater, on the streets of Harlem, his spirit seemed to be everywhere.
Monday, January 1 2007
The humanity of the man -- with its funky and messy flaws and frailties -- could never sustain the myth, so much so that the image of the man who gave Black Power its soundtrack became a harsh reminder of its fractured legacy.
Wednesday, April 18 2012
James Brown – an untrained musician, mind you, operating on not much more than feel, instinct and desire – revolutionized black pop music, setting off depth charges that would still be exploding a decade hence.
Sunday, March 18 2012
Soul Man Lee Fields continues to show his allegiance to classic R&B.
Thursday, November 17 2011
If you're looking for the Godfather singing disco, country, and a jawdropping 11-minute ode to cakes, this is the comp for you.
Wednesday, October 29 2008
James Brown: Double Dynamite isn't in the extras, it's in the music. It's in the man.
Thursday, September 4 2008
At the time of Dr. King's murder, with America's racial and existential crises at a peak, Brown's music was itself a crisis, always on call.
Wednesday, August 29 2007
Hip-O Select's limited edition series rolls on by documenting an overwhelming awkward period in Brown's otherwise superhuman ascension into R&B's uncharted places.
Friday, July 1 2011
Counterbalance tackles the Hardest Working Man in Show Business as James Brown's Live at the Apollo clocks in at number 40 on the list of the most acclaimed albums of all time. As it turns out he’s freakishly strong and slightly slippery. It’s Star Time!
Tuesday, March 31 2009
Artists continually suffer for refusing to bow to the morality police. Yet, like this Kentuckian, we are all Unbridled Spirits, refusing to conceit to itty bitty morality pity. It’s a shame that one has to chant louder, write faster, read quicker, exercise harder, know more and listen with more compassion, isn’t it? Naw, that’s just old skewl.
Thursday, March 29 2012
Music is well said to be the speech of angels, the 18th-century Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote. But then, he never spent any time with