The James Brown Reader

The James Brown Reader

Fifty Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul

Edited by:
Edited by: Alan Leeds

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440637346
  • 352 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


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.
The James Brown Reader

The James Brown Reader

Edited by: Nelson George, Edited by: Alan Leeds