Music James Brown, Inventor of Everything, Dead at 73
posted by December 25 at 9:05 AMon
Angela gave this a mention in the Morning News below, but it demands an avalanche of follow-up: James Brown died today. Now those of us who loved him (or at least loved what he created) get to bask in the great consolation prize of the rightfully gushy tributes that will be landing over the next couple weeks. Here’s a small taste of what’s to come, from the Associated Press.
If Brown’s claim to the invention of soul can be challenged by fans of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, then his rights to the genres of rap, disco and funk are beyond question. He was to rhythm and dance music what Dylan was to lyrics: the unchallenged popular innovator. “James presented obviously the best grooves,” rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy once told The Associated Press. “To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one’s coming even close.”
RIP James Brown. We are forever in your debt. (And please don’t go beating any women in heaven.)