1. SEE, HEAR: James Brown Documentary – “Soul Brother No.1” (1978).

    Today we celebrate what would have been James Brown’s 79th birthday with the somewhat overlooked yet quite excellent documentary, Soul Brother No.1 . Directed by Adrian Maben (who also made the 1972 feature film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii ), Soul Brother packs a ton of astounding footage (including a fantastic intro) in its relatively modest one-hour running time. We see “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” (who in 1969 was named Business Man of the Year and was reportedly making $8 a minute) on stages from Mexico to Senegal, as he and a latter-day incarnation of the J.B.’s tear through classics like “Get on the Good Foot,” “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and “Doing It to Death.” We visit Mr. Dynamite’s humble abode 20 miles from Augusta, Georgia where he was born. We catch The Godfather of Soul relaxing shooting pool and then witness him in the recording studio working on tracks for the Mutha’s Nature LP. We learn about his politics. We also learn that James is not only proficient at demonstrating dances like the Funky Chicken and Mashed Potato, but he can do The Robot, too. We also hear James’ definition of soul: “For me, it’s my life. It was my opportunity. It was my knock on the door. It was my only guarantee I had. And still my only guarantee. Soul is spiritual. Soul is truth. Soul is realism. Soul is survival.” This is one you got to watch, folks. Peep it after the jump…

    (Props to ‪IkeDyson SOULTUBE‬ for the upload.)

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