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I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul (edition 2005)

by James Brown, Marc Eliot (Introduction)

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"Though the legend of James Brown is well covered on the albums, on the Top Ten charts, and in the tabloids, there remains a story beyond the mere chronology of events that has yet to be told. It is the story of a man who grew up black in the segregated South of white America - and whose strength of conviction and force of will were matched only by the powerful demons he battled inside himself. From his childhood memories, to his musical triumphs as he journeyed from gospel to R & B to soul - and then virtually invented funk - to his struggles with inner demons and his most recent troubles with the law, this is the story of James Brown the man, told - as no one else ever could tell it - in his own words."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul
Authors:James Brown
Other authors:Marc Eliot (Introduction)
Info:NAL Hardcover (2005), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Another autobiography by JB. This one is notable for the shameless namedropping (people that were close, personal friends of James: Little Willie John, Elvis Presley, Robert Blake, Little Richard, Ray Charles… you get the picture). One thing you won't find is any mention of his musicians, the artists whose responsibility for bringing JB's rhythmic vision into reality is as large as James Brown's—only Bobby Byrd is mentioned, in passing. I'm not sure how it's possible to write a book about James Brown and avoid mentioning Maceo Parker, but there you go.

The only redeeming qualities are James's thoughts on showmanship, his own and in general, which are sprinkled throughout the book, and his discussion of "The One," which is more confusing than enlightening, but entertaining nonetheless. ( )
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"Though the legend of James Brown is well covered on the albums, on the Top Ten charts, and in the tabloids, there remains a story beyond the mere chronology of events that has yet to be told. It is the story of a man who grew up black in the segregated South of white America - and whose strength of conviction and force of will were matched only by the powerful demons he battled inside himself. From his childhood memories, to his musical triumphs as he journeyed from gospel to R & B to soul - and then virtually invented funk - to his struggles with inner demons and his most recent troubles with the law, this is the story of James Brown the man, told - as no one else ever could tell it - in his own words."--BOOK JACKET.

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