James Brown Biography ‘The One’

‘The One’ James Brown Bio by RJ Smith

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'The One' James Brown by RJ Smith

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown By RJ Smith; Gotham, 458 pp, HB $27.50, non-fiction.

The One” not only can be applied to The One and Only Godfather of Soul, James Brown; but, moreover, is how this remarkable performer described the unique beat of his signature funky sound – a creative switch from the upbeat to the downbeat.

As a James Brown aficionado, I admit to being skeptical about reading a biography on him, his expansive pioneering musical career, and his oft times troubled personal life. However, I need not have worried, as RJ Smith, the author, delivers the goods in a dynamic style appropriate to his explosive subject matter.

Checking facts against one-hundred-plus interviews, the author ensures ‘The One’ is factually correct in its compelling reading for not just the fans of funk’s Godfather, but anyone who has an interest in music and it’s history, as viewed through this preeminent icon, who represented a fascinating culture behind the beats in his more than 60 years of delivering the best in 20th century American popular music and dance.

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Producer, writer, web DJ. DJ Bu is primarily about music, it's production and presentation ... in the studio, on the (web) radio, at live events. Specialty and most expertise is in R&B. Film & TV are media of prior experience, having worked in Film Producer capacity with prestigious International Creative Management, Initial Entertainment Group, Screen Actors Guild. Websites, building, developing, producing online content, are skills dj Bu brings to the table. Print, apparel design and books are ongoing successful endeavors at djbu.net. Voice-over, commercials, trailers, stingers are disciplines dj Bu excels in. Management, from talent to property, dj Bu has done it.

Posted on October 8, 2012, in Rants & Raves, Raves, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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