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Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown  

Synopsis

Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956 to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist.

In addition to extensive historical footage, including archival interviews with Brown himself, Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown includes modern-day interviews with Mick Jagger, who remembers first seeing Brown perform from the balcony of the Apollo Theater; Rev. Al Sharpton, who met Brown at age 17 and considered him a father figure; band members Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins and Fred Wesley; Danny Ray, Brown’s MC, who shrouded the singer with a cape onstage; Questlove, founder of and drummer for The Roots, and a disciple of Brown’s “on the one” rhythm; rapper Chuck D. of Public Enemy; jazz musician Christian McBride; and tour manager Alan Leeds, among others.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side) and produced by Mick Jagger, the feature-length documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time.

 

*** WINNER OF THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED 2014 PEABODY AWARD ***

*** NOMINATED FOR A 2016 GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST MUSIC FILM ***


Genre: Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Music, Documentary, Biography

Year of Production: 2014

Running Time: 1 x two hours

Available in HD: Yes

Country: USA

Production Company:Produced by Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films and Inaudible Films