The One

The Life and Music of James Brown

By Rj Smith; R. J. Smith
(Gotham Books, Paperback, 9781592407422, 464pp.)

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

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The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our time

Playing 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than forty "Billboard" hits, James Brown was a dazzling showman who transformed American music. His life offstage was just as vibrant, and until now no biographer has delivered a complete profile. "The One" draws on interviews with more than 100 people who knew Brown personally or played with him professionally. Using these sources, award-winning writer RJ Smith draws a portrait of a man whose twisted and amazing life helps us to understand the music he made.

"The One" delves deeply into the story of a man who was raised in abject-almost medieval-poverty in the segregated South but grew up to earn (and lose) several fortunes. Covering everything from Brown's unconventional childhood (his aunt ran a bordello), to his role in the Black Power movement, which used "Say It Loud (I'm Black and Proud)" as its anthem, to his high-profile friendships, to his complicated family life, Smith's meticulous research and sparkling prose blend biography with a cultural history of a pivotal era.

At the heart of "The One" is Brown's musical genius. He had crucial influence as an artist during at least three decades; he inspires pity, awe, and revulsion. As Smith traces the legend's reinvention of funk, soul, R&B, and pop, he gives this history a melody all its own.




About the Author
RJ Smith is an American optioned screenwriter and published author of contemporary horror, suspense and action packed thrillers. He's been noted by The Page International Screenwriting Awards, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Studios and the Sundance Film Festival Table Read. He is busily penning his new thriller manuscript, Mountain Monsters, available worldwide summer 2015. He lives in Florida. Please visit him online: http: //www.rjsmith.net

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