Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

I stumbled across this on Netflix and thought it worthy of a watch.

And it is a very well made and told two-hour documentary which starts off with James in his childhood, his rise to super-stardom, and ends in the eighties when rap artists start to sample his music.

James was quite the dude. He was a perfectionist and expected nothing but perfection from his band members. He could dance like a demon too. But, like many super-stardom dudes he was a bit of a tyrant, especially when it came to paying his band which he didn’t do sometimes.

I didn’t realise he was quite the activist back in the sixties, not hardcore, but he attended and sang at some major rallies. You might say he was the Muhammad Ali of soul music.

There was plenty of archive footage, and interviews with ex-band members and other people including Mick Jagger (he produced this film) and Bootsie Collins, all very interesting.

Another excellent music documentary well worth watching.

Here is an article on Rolling Stone about the film.

Date watched: October 6th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 112

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