Inside James Brown's Lost 'Live at the Apollo' LP

April 15, 2016

All the greats of classic soul played the Apollo, but no one ruled the place quite like James Brown did. When he died in 2006, his body lay in state on the same famous stage where he'd cut his career-defining Live at the Apollo album four...


James Brown: Finding New Meaning in Mr. Dynamite

April 11, 2016

Early in Kill 'Em and Leave, James McBride writes that "the
 James Brown story is not about James Brown. It's about who's getting paid, whose interest is involved, who can squeeze the estate
 and black history for more … It's reflective of the...



10 Great Thanksgiving Menu Songs

November 25, 2015

The national anthem of Thanksgiving is Arlo Guthrie's still-hilarious musical monologue "Alice's Restaurant." But if you already know the story of the red VW microbus and the 27 8-by-10 color glossy photographs backwards and forwards, you may want...


Flashback: James Brown Brings Scandalous Soul to the Opry

March 10, 2015

In March 1979, Godfather of Soul James Brown was in a Nashville recording studio to put the finishes touches on a disco-tinged tune called "It's Too Funky in Here." Those words, while not expressly spoken by anyone involved (that we know of), could also...


Watch Snoop Dogg Share Final Advice He Got From James Brown

May 6, 2015

Two years ago, Snoop Dogg was reincarnated, changing his name to Snoop Lion and traveling to Jamaica to record a reggae-heavy LP. The 43-year-old has since returned to both his home country and standard pseudonym, but his pursuit of low-end bliss...


Spotify Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, music streaming service Spotify will honor one iconic artist each week throughout February. Today, a week of Aretha Franklin-centric content will kick off a month that will also highlight Jimi...



9 Things We Learned From New James Brown Doc

October 28, 2014

While James Brown fans already got the opportunity to see Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul in this summer's Get on Up, Alex Gibney (Finding Fela, Taxi to the Dark Side) tackled the real thing in HBO's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James...


HBO to Debut James Brown Documentary 'Mr. Dynamite'

September 4, 2014

HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a new documentary about the Godfather of Soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and produced by Mick Jagger. The film airs on October 27th at 9 p.m. Made with the support...


Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Rock Biopic?

August 1, 2014

The James Brown biopic Get On Up hits theaters this weekend, and so far the critics have been fairly kind. The Mick Jagger-produced movie has a respectable 79 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and even though it's going to get creamed by Guardians...


Watch a New Trailer for the James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'

July 19, 2014

Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of...


Watch Frenetic James Brown Biopic Trailer

March 14, 2014

"No one else helped me," says Chadwick Boseman, the actor playing James Brown in the biopic Get on Up, due out in August. The two-and-a-half minute trailer above shows how the soul singer became the legendary performer and bandleader, surviving an impoverished...


Mick Jagger Talks James Brown Biopic: Exclusive

February 4, 2014

On the second-to-last day of filming for the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman, resplendent in a mustard-colored mock turtleneck, dark vest and dark pants, slides across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi,...


How Was James Brown Like Steve Jobs?

October 24, 2014

Alex Gibney has nothing but nice things to say about the recent James Brown biopic, Get on Up. "It was… good," he says carefully, with a little chuckle. His diplomatic appraisal isn’t without a dash of self-preservation: Mick Jagger,...


Peter Travers on James Brown biopic 'Get on Up'

August 7, 2014

Peter Travers may not be dancing in his seat for Get on Up, the new James Brown biopic he highlights this week on At the Movies, but he's certainly offering a standing ovation for the film's star, Chadwick Boseman: "He's just 100-percent...


Hear an Unreleased 1966 James Brown Performance

July 24, 2014

A year after the James Brown singles "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" reached the top spot on the R&B charts, the funk and soul legend returned to Number One with his somewhat tongue-in-cheek ode to the fairer sex, the ballad...


Mick Jagger Talks James Brown's Influence

July 18, 2014

Mick Jagger has opened up for the first time about life after the death of his girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, in a Today interview about Get On Up, the upcoming James Brown biopic that he coproduced. "I'm doing OK," he said. "It's difficult. Very hard year....


Lennon, Hendrix Stamps Planned

February 21, 2014

Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related...


The Beach Boys Play TV in 1964

January 7, 2014

The Beach Boys were near their commercial peak when they played The Teen Age Music International Show (better known as The T.A.M.I. Show) on October 28th, 1964. "I Get Around" and "Don't Worry Baby" had been all over the radio that summer, and "Dance...



Miles Davis Is Coming to the Movies

November 14, 2013

Don Cheadle will portray Miles Davis and make his directorial debut in a long in-the-works biopic about the famed, groundbreaking jazz musician, the Associated Press reports. See Where Davis' Kind of Blue Lands on Our 500 Greatest Albums List Unlike...