'James Brown', 'Jamesbrown', James Brown: Black (music) from the getup

Brar, Dhanveer Singh (2015) 'James Brown', 'Jamesbrown', James Brown: Black (music) from the getup. Popular Music, 34(3), pp. 471-484. ISSN (print) 0261-1430

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The following article addresses the question of the blackness and radicalism of James Brown’s musical performances during what was arguably the peak of his career between 1964 and 1971. Using analytical frameworks from the fields of black studies, performance studies, and cultural theory, the article presents an argument for listening to Brown’s music in terms of the modalities of rupture. The activity of rupture is tracked through the preface to his autobiography, the stage performance he developed in the early part of his career, and the experiments in rhythm he orchestrated with his band in 1964. The article culminates in a close listening of the 1971 record ‘Super Bad’ as the aesthetic height of a black radicalism Brown was producing through his music.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Drama, dance and performing arts
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
Depositing User: Dhanveer Brar
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 16:15
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 10:06
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143015000379
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/32779

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