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Thread #97493 Message #1918671
Posted By: GUEST,jeff
25-Dec-06 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: Obit: James Brown December 25, 2006 R.I.P.
Subject: RE: Obit: James Brown December 25, 2006 R.I.P.
Was about 10 years old and my older brother's friends let me tag along to the T.A.M.I. movie. I thought it had something to do w/Debbie Reynolds. At the Ezella Theater in Cleveland, Oh. We were the only white kids in the building and I was petrified. Will never forget when James Brown came on screen the whole house erupted and people ran down front. Dancing all over the aisles and seats. Was filled w/wonder, awe, excitement, fear, joy and goose-bumps that wouldn't go away. Had never been witness to anything remotely resembling the experience. Was a rural boy and people just weren't demonstrative where I lived. Changed my life. It was in that moment I became a musician, though I didn't know it at the time. Then later in the movie the Rolling Stones came on and the place went just as crazy. Learned more about race relations and the international language of music, passion and energy from that movie then all of the books or newspaper articles I've ever read. It was primal, direct, subversive, unspoken and pure. The Stones may have been pale imitations of who they loved, but the kids in that moviehouse didn't care. They knew on some instinctive level the Stones just rocked. James Brown just rocked...the cape routine. Phenomenal. Thank you Mr. Brown, RIP.