The Fine Print
Music legend James Brown is remembered in history as the “Godfather of Soul” for his many contributions to music during his six-decades-long career. But the musician's influence didn’t end there. It extended to civil rights and black empowerment.
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown" is a new HBO documentary premiering Oct. 27th by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney -- and producer Mick Jagger -- that is dedicated to telling the lesser-known aspects of the music legend’s life story, from his rise to fame from poverty to his role in the Civil Rights Movement.
“He help[ed] to change the culture,” Gibney told “The Fine Print” in an interview at Poste Moderne Brasserie in Washington, D.C. “Both in terms of civil rights but also in terms of music -- everything we now know about funk and hip-hop, it really comes from this dynamic character, James Brown.”
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