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Features

Monday, July 16 2007

Part 2: Janis Ian to Jimi Hendrix (1966-1970)

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

Soul Power

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 Last Soul Brother: James Brown (1933-2006)

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.


Columns

Wednesday, April 18 2012

That Thing That Makes Funk Funky: 'The One: The Life and Music of James Brown'

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.


Reviews

Sunday, March 18 2012

Lee Fields & The Expressions: Faithful Man

Soul Man Lee Fields continues to show his allegiance to classic R&B.


Thursday, November 17 2011

James Brown: The Singles Volume 11: 1979-1981

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

James Brown: Double Dynamite isn't in the extras, it's in the music. It's in the man.


Thursday, September 4 2008

I Got the Feelin': James Brown in the '60s

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

James Brown: The Singles, Volume 3: 1964-1965

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.


Blogs

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Everybody 'Get on Up' and #SayItLoud This Thursday at 4pm EST on @PopMatters Twitter

Stay tuned to the @PopMatters Twitter tomorrow at 4.00 pm EST as we do a live Twitter session about James Brown and the new biopic celebrating his career, Get on Up. We will be handing out prizes, including $100 iTunes cards.


Monday, July 28 2014

#SayItLoud: Five Career Highlights of James Brown

PopMatters looks back on some of the standout moments from the Godfather of Soul, from his work in film to his identity as a "sex machine".


Friday, July 1 2011

Counterbalance No. 40: James Brown’s 'Live at the Apollo'

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

Old Skewl B.S. aka Morality Police Bite

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.


News

Thursday, March 29 2012

James Brown was a key social figure whose life intersected with significant racial trends

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


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