Mr Dynamite

Mr Dynamite

The Rise of James Brown

DVD - 2015
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Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Universal Music Enterprises,, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (165 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1,rda
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Additional Contributors: Gibney, Alex
Jagged Films


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Decided to watch this on MLK, Jr. day this year. Glad I did. This is an excellent documentary about JB. It's focus is primarily around his earlier years (through 1980) and makes no mention of his drug and legal problems in later years. But it does flow really well, mostly due to the music JB was creating at that time and the musicians he was making it with. The man was really a dynamo, so much the showman. His influence ranges so deep in American music (Prince, obviously) ad even Jagger (the Tami show sequence shows how he 'stole' JB's moves after he saw them perform). His bands were so tight and so good. And the man helped create Funk (on the one! ;-) ). Over time his politics varied and they are highlighted here (he performed for Freedom Marchers in Alabama, insisted that his show go on in Boston the night of MKL, Jr.'s assassination, but he also supported Richard Nixon for President). But ultimately the best part of the documentary are the performance sequences. He truly was the hardest working (and apparently hardest to work FOR) man in show business. And that music. If it doesn't make you want to get up and shake it, well then, I just don't know!

Sep 01, 2016

Great documentary about James Brown. Produced by Mick Jagger (the Stones performed on the TAMI show which also featured JB.)
Background about his life - he was abandoned by both his parents, went to live with his aunt who ran a brothel and at 15 was arrested for stealing and was sentenced and served an 8 year prison sentence.
He was a dynamic performer and a consummate businessman. He is described as talented and ruthless. His band voiced some concerns and he fired them all. He lived during turbulent times especially for black people and had a turbulent personality.
Great footage of performances and recording. Great comments from bandmembers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield and Melvin & Maceo Parker talking about their creation of the funk beat (on the 1). Great music.

LPL_RachaelP May 20, 2016

This excellent documentary is a must for fans of musician James Brown. A wealth of footage explores Brown not just a musical icon, but as a historical figure that lived through a turbulent time in American history.

Jan 11, 2016

This is an essential companion to the movie Get On Up. To those who thought that Get On Up was more fiction than fact you may want to watch this documentary before you close the book on that opinion.

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