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Summer Learning Track: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

Summer is the perfect time to put the funk in your step and the soul in your ears, so get on up to Richland Library to learn about one of my favorite founding fathers, James Brown. As the self-proclaimed Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Brown was a pioneer of soul and funk music, bringing the energy of his gospel music background to fuse with the blues and early rock to give it all a punch of horns, wah guitars, walking bass, and flashier capes than Elvis ever thought of getting away with.

If you want to get down with your bad self this summer, Richland Library has plenty to show you how Brown's legacy of Soul Brother #1 helped bring African American music into the mainstream. Get started by following this sample learning track, or develop your own!

Celebrate Black Music Month with JMichael Peeples
Please join us for a special performance by guitarist JMichael Peeples and company, in celebration of Black Music Month.
7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18 -- Film & Sound, Richland Library Main

Amazon Says: In this 90 minute DVD, originally aired on PBS, James Brown delivers, for the first time, the in-depth story of his life and music, from his early years of poverty and impriso more...
Amazon Says: In this 90 minute DVD, originally aired on PBS, James Brown delivers, for the first time, the in-depth story of his life and music, from his early years of poverty and imprisonment to his extraordinary live shows. Brown became a musical icon whose extrov less...
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Revolution Of The Mind by James Brown
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Star Time by James Brown
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Amazon Says: From pleading R&B singer to father of funk to black-pride spokesman to full-on pop star, James Brown became one of our most scintillating stars, and this 70-track set is his best retrospective. His '50s hits Please, Please, Please and Try Me give way to Bewildered; Night Train; I Got You (I Feel Good); Papa's Got a Brand New Bag Pt. 1; Cold Sweat; Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud); Get Up Offa That Thang , and all the other hits and extended grooves! less...
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Amazon Says: You hold in your hands a backstage pass to one of the most extraordinary concert events ever filmed. Featuring musical legends James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz more...
Amazon Says: You hold in your hands a backstage pass to one of the most extraordinary concert events ever filmed. Featuring musical legends James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and a host of others, SOUL POWER documents the three-night Zaire ’74 music festival planned to coincide with the now-legendary and epic “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Much more than a concert film, Soul Power provides a dynamic fly-on-the-wall look into the turbulent proceedings, with on-the-spot commentary from the musicians themselves, concert organizers Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, Muhammad Ali and boxing promoter extraordinaire Don King, Soul Power will leave you breathless. less...
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Amazon Says: Documents the lesser-known story of the legendary soul performer's stirring Boston Garden concert in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, describing how he fou more...
Amazon Says: Documents the lesser-known story of the legendary soul performer's stirring Boston Garden concert in the wake of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, describing how he fought to prevent the concert's cancellation and his role in preventing riots in Boston. 25,000 first printing. less...
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Amazon Says: A singer calls out to the crowd. An electric bass thumps out a beat. Horns blare and strings swirl. These are the sounds of R & B. Rhythm and blues music evolved from all more...
Amazon Says: A singer calls out to the crowd. An electric bass thumps out a beat. Horns blare and strings swirl. These are the sounds of R & B. Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music's smooth mix of styles made it unique, and its passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s, R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change. Find out what drove R & B's earliest performers to stand up and sing. Follow the music's path from gospel choirs to wild funk bands. And learn more about legends such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Beyoncé. less...
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Amazon Says: Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man an more...
Amazon Says: Nelson George and Alan Leeds have assembled the first comprehensive collection of writings about the late, great Godfather of Soul, creating a fascinating mosaic of the man and the musician. Known as the hardest-working man in show business, James Brown embodied rhythm and blues, funk and soul, and sensuality. His musical innovations in such indelible grooves as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” transformed American music. To appreciate Brown’s immeasurable influence, to chronicle his professional and personal triumphs and struggles, and to capture his essence, writers from four decades weigh in on the legendary Soul Brother Number One. What emerges is a tribute to a trailblazer—one that no dedicated fan or music history buff will want to be without. less...
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Amazon Says: In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem – an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded) that night, and illustrates beautifully the enduring power of one of James Brown's – and popular music's – defining moments: Live at the Apollo. less...
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Amazon Says: The Godfather of Soul shares his own journey from a humble childhood in Georgia to the heights of American music, tracing his success in the world of R&B and his turbulent, fr more...
Amazon Says: The Godfather of Soul shares his own journey from a humble childhood in Georgia to the heights of American music, tracing his success in the world of R&B and his turbulent, frequently destructive personal life and long and difficult path to redemption. less...
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