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Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:05 am
by john poole
The documentary put together alongside the recent biopic Get On Up, is to be shown on BBC2 at 10:15 tonight and on i-Player afterwards. Opinions seemed to vary between "unflinching" and "more hagiography than warts-and-all" when it was shown on HBO, but I wouldn't want to miss it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054v64w

http://www.npr.org/2014/10/24/358471568 ... r-dynamite

Re: Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:19 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Thanks for the heads up, John. I thought this was a phenomenal 99 minutes of TV. Great footage, excellent intvs with former JBS and those who worked for or knew him, conveys how creative he was and how his sound developed . What a work ethic - he truly deserved the title of "hardest working man in showbiz". And all those other titles - Godfather of Soul/Funk/Rap, Funkiest Man Alive etc. It stopped when he had embraced Nixon and thus in some ways signealled how he lost touch with the black community for the first time. So the struggle to be heard thru the disco era, the angel dust madness and run ins with the law, the revival of interest via rap are all ignored. But that's OK - this is about the man who made some of the most phenomenal music of the last century and it paints an accurate, fascinating portrait.