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‘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. Read the rest of this entry

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