James Brown was “The Godfather of Soul” but he was more than that.
He is credited with founding funk and is a forefather of hip-hop and much of what now is considered pop. “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” he had a six-decade-long career.
Soul Survivor is a PBS American Masters documentary from 2003 in which Brown participated, so it has much more information and insight than an unauthorized biography would have.
Previously in Documentary Tuesday:
Room 237 | Exit Through the Gift Shop | The Death of Superman Lives | 30 for 30: The Price of Gold | Paradise Lost | 30 for 30 Short: The Deal – Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox | The World’s Most Expensive Stolen Paintings | Imagine…From Pencils to Pixels | Behind the Music: Nirvana | Planet B-Boy
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