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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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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: 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: 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 detai more...
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.EXCERPT Standing on the stage of the Apollo at a sold-out show on the night of October 24, 1962, screaming, James Brown would have looked out and seen 1500 people screaming back at him in the audience, split between the floor and the balconies. The walls behind them were a dark crimson; the balconies were decorated with the laurel wreaths that are the emblem of Apollo the god, recalling Daphne, who became a laurel tree to escape his lust. Most of the audience thought there was a good chance they'd be dead within the week. less...
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