Thursday, May 31, 2012

James Brown Month - Last Minute Entry


     I've been swamped with various nonsense this month, to the extent that I've been unable to participate in our celebration of James Brown. But I'm not going to let the month end without bringing you something...  but you may wish that I hadn't after hearing this rare gem!
     There's not a lot of information to be had about Ms. Farmer, but she lived with JB for a time in 1966-67 (one source suggests that she lived with him later, after he and his second wife Deirdre split up), and she only ever made one record, which debatably is one too many. This page on a seemingly-defunct message board has some anecdotes about her, and a batch of cool photos of James, from which I've stolen the photo below. Go check it out!

(L to R: "Jeannie" (last name unknown), Florence Farmer, JB, Terry Brown, Teddy Brown

James Brown Month Ends Today


Reprinted by permission.  Copyright © Tim Jackson 2006.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

JAMES BROWN'S future shock Pt. 4

James Brown had a television show in the '70s called Future Shock.  This is the last episode I have.  Legend has it that the master tapes reside in an underground storage facility in Arizona.   Someone did find a box of 100 Future Shock T-Shirts in a storage space outside Atlanta last year.   Get down like James Brown!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Syd Nathan Speaks

"God Damn it, listen to what I'm telling you"


Thanks to Phil Milstein!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Who's Got The Good Foot?

Al Sharpton and James Brown, 1998.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

JAMES BROWN'S future shock Pt. 3

James Brown had a television show in the '70s called Future Shock.  Here is another episode featuring special guests singer Arthur Prysock, porn star Marilyn Chambers, a history lesson and Body Heat!! Don't miss part 1 and 2!!

Editor's note:  Ichiban pal, Fred is looking for an episode of Future Shock from 1976 featuring his band "Sounder".  If anyone has any leads, please get in touch!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JAMES BROWN'S future shock Pt. 2

James Brown had a television show in the '70s called Future Shock.  Here is episode 14 taken from the original master tapes from the video library at WTBS in Atlanta, Georgia.  Includes a history lesson, dance contests and special guest Lee "The Burner" Austin singing his heart out!

Part 1

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The James Brown

Star Time 1991

Jim Stacy 1991
In 1988, the Godfather became incensed that someone had been using his private bathroom.  This led to a crazy, two-state car chase thru South Carolina and Georgia, resulting in the two front tires of his pick-up truck being blown out.  He was charged with traffic, weapons and assault charges as well as drunken driving.  He served three years of a six year sentence.  His first post-prison concert was held on July 20, 1991 at the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium.  It was a night to remember.

Thanks Jim Stacy!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hot Pants

James Brown - Hot Pants, Pts. 1 & 2

Get Up (I Feel LIke Being A) Dance Instructor!

Via the Life archives, here's a 1967 shot of James Brown showing Johnny Carson how it's done.

Godfather Popcorn

James Brown does his damndest to teach Mike Douglas the intricacies of the Popcorn.  Via the Jet archives.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

JAMES BROWN'S future shock! Pt. 1

James Brown had a television show in the '70s called Future Shock.  Here is episode 13.

This is from the master tape that my pal, Eugene dubbed while working in the library at WTBS in Atlanta, Georgia.  Future Shock aired regionally on WTCG, the original Ted Turner station.  Special guests include a tribute to George Carver in this episode.  The dance contests are second to none!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Birthday

JB would have been 79 years old today.  Please enjoy the historic "concert that saved Boston" from April 5th, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.