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The One: James Brown’s life, music, legacy

Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, 474 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
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When Godfather of Soul James Brown passed in December 2006, he was hailed as the “most sampled man in the biz”. His showmanship occupies legend status – he and the Famous Flames gave The Rolling Stones a somewhat unintentional smack down in 1964’s T.A.M.I. Show – and his dance moves have provided foundation for the likes of late pop king Michael Jackson.

Brown’s name also recalls less positive, personal-life details: he spent time in prison, he abused his women, he struggled with money and addiction to PCP. Yet all these things together – the good and the bad, the music-related and otherwise – have made James Brown an icon: the One whose life and career illuminate so many aspects of 20th-century American history, society, and culture.

On Tuesday, August 14th, be part of a conversation about James Brown with guest moderator Oliver Wang, Brown biographer RJ Smith, and soul/funk/R&B drummer James Gadson. This program will include live performance of some of Brown’s most-sampled drum breaks and a playlist that includes music James Brown made himself and inspired. Smith’s recent The One: The Life and Music of James Brown will also be available for purchase.

6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Program

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.

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