Leaving Normal: James Brown
“He could seethe with anger or ripple with love, sometimes in the same breath, and when words alone weren’t enough, he lapsed into grunts and shouts – while flying across the stage in spangled outfits and punctuating his dance moves with a surging fury of splits, spins and kicks.” – Adam Lisberg, NY Daily News
One fine day back in 1996, Fugazi was in a backroom of the Fire Disco, Guy was restringing his guitar, Ian was just chilling; both preparing for the KL show. I asked both of them them what would be the band’s collective desert island album.
“James Brown, Live at the Apollo 1962; get the album Joe, there’s no other more intense!” said Guy Picciotto. A few months later, I got it on CD and yes, not even Fugazi at its most wired would not be able to square up to the Godfather of Soul’s twitch. It’s an exhausting album, one million hyper exclamation marks bouncing off the walls!
Today however, The Godfather is bouncing no more.
Godfather of Soul Brown dies at 73
Press Association – Monday December 25, 2006 9:28 AM
James Brown, the self-styled “Godfather of Soul”, has died in hospital aged 73.
Brown was taken to the Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US, on Sunday suffering from pneumonia and died early on Christmas Day morning, it was reported.
The agency quoted Brown’s agent, Frank Copsidas, as confirming the news.
It is understood Brown died at around 6.45am on Monday with his close friend Charles Bobbit at his bedside.
The exact cause of death has yet to be established.
Relatives of the popular funk and soul singer are being informed of the death.
Internationally acclaimed for his passionate stage performances and groundbreaking musical style, he recorded countless hits including (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine and Out Of Sight.
No one at the hospital was available for comment on Monday.
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