RJ Smith's James Brown biography, The One, was published in March by Gotham Books. James Brown's life is so large and complex that making sense of it is a lot like staring directly into the sun (which is why we've taken such a scattershot approach to celebrating it this month on Ichiban) but Smith manages to hit all the major points (the music, the ego, the dancer, the ego, the politics, his disturbing relationships with women, the ego, his dictatorial relationship with his bands, his worldwide social impact, the drugs, the ego) in a compelling and fascinating way. In this e-mail interview Smith discusses some of the more obscure parts of the book and some of the events and people from JB's life that there was just no room to fit into The One. The interview ran longer than a JB single from 1969, so we're splitting it up into three parts, just like Hot Pants. Catch the first flipside tomorrow!
|talkin' loud and sayin' somethin'|
|Give (some of) the drummers some!|
Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Clayton Fillyau
|What says you, Ichibunnies?|
|Sweet Daddy Grace - GIVE THE PREACHER SOME!|