James Brown, American genius

When I was editing the first book ever published by Agate, Jill Nelson’s electrifying Sexual Healing, Jill and I spoke frequently, and reverently, of the unique power of James Brown’s work, and the depth of his influence on American music. This terrific video from Slate illustrates, joyously, the impact of Brown’s work as a dancer–which should be recognized as every bit as significant as his impact as a musician and bandleader. I am very happy that the new film Get On Up is bringing Brown’s work the spotlight it deserves. There should be a national James Brown Day for celebrating his achievement. 

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