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The lncomporable .lomes Brown
In the music world today, few performers
survive for an extended period of time without
having to change some of their routine to suit
the public demand. On the other hand, ninety
per cent of the recording artists today entertain
for themselves, not for their audiences. Well,
brother, turn down these powerless music men,
and hitch on to that black wagon of soul: 'Get
that feeling' and come up to that deep. deep
sound of Brown.
For those of you who do not know what
James Brown is all about. don't feel bad -few
people understand him. And for those who don't
catch that equivocal word "soul', don't go using
it in the wrong context. There is only one soul
brother. Never before have Iseen an entertainer
put so much effort into a single performance.
Brown plays for his audience. Every movement
can be felt throughout the auditorium and that
great desire to twinkle as Brown twinkles, shake
as Brown shakes, and kick as Brown kicks will
come to you - white or black. Open yourselves
up, Wasps, and experience Brown, for there is
nothing else like it.
And yet through all his colour, sparkle and
power, there is a mystery behind him. I-le is
considered the greatest number one "Motown"
singer in the world and yet his fan club is small
and predominatly black. He can't reach many
white people because he has no compromise, no
rock sound like Wilson Pickett. A whiteperson
can only pick up his driving, beating, style when
Brown is experienced live. For that is what Brown
is all about - alive. He is never interviewed,
never gets raging screams similar to those received
by all the big-time long-haired British and Ameri-
can singers ofthe rock world. But look out when
this earthy, black brother hits the stage. One day
he sang and danced for six yours in four shows.
If you've heard him and are not attracted to
him, go to a performance. I promise that you
will never get a fresher, livelier, hour and a half
of solid entertainment anywhere, from any popu-
lar singer. Give him atry. You mightjust discover
something that entertains you.
- R. G. Keefer