The Life and Music of James Brown
An interview with R.J. Smith.
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In his new book The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, R.J. Smith offers a portrait of a man who transformed American music, from his impoverished childhood in the segregated South to his accrual (and loss) of several fortunes. The 30-minute conversation includes discussion of Brown’s mentors, his punishing touring schedule, his business ventures, his trip to Vietnam, his endorsement of Richard Nixon, and his violence.
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