You might like… Jazzie B on James Brown (BBC Great Lives series)

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There’s an interesting 30 minute exploration of James Brown’s colourful life here, courtesy of the BBC and Radio 4.

Matthew Parris invites his guests to nominate the person whom they feel is a great life. In this programme, music entrepreneur and DJ Jazzie B of Soul II Soul chooses American singer and musician, James Brown, ‘the Godfather of Funk’. 

Jazzie B, who was awarded a CBE for services to black British music, spent time with James Brown towards the end of his life and says he became ‘like a big brother’ to him. Here, together with music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, they talk to Matthew about why they believe ‘Mr Brown’ is a Great Life.

Producer: Maggie Ayre.

Click here to stream the recording or right-click here to save the file as an mp3

Week 3 Lecture A materials: Soul, funk and protest

Lecture slides

Med332 soul, funk and protest (civil rights movement) from Rob Jewitt

Video playlist 

Audio playlist

Further reading

Paul Gilroy (2009) ‘”Get up, get into it and get involved” – Soul, Civil Rights and Black Power’ in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader – 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson. Chapter 31

Brian Ward (1998) Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations, University of California Press. Chapters 5-9 [library link]

Craig Werner (2002) A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America, Edinburgh: Cannongate Books Ltd (section 1) [library link]

Joe Stuessy & Scott Lipscomb (2013) Rock and Roll: It’s History and It’s Stylistic Developments, Pearson – Chapter 9,  [library link]

Week 2 Lecture B materials: Music and the American counter-culture

These lecture slides may differ a little from Professor Storey’s presentation but they should be helpful.

Video playlist:

Recommended screening:

Born To Be Wild – The Golden Age of American Rock – Part 1 of 3. Broadcast 27th January 2014, BBC4 [show link]

Recommended reading:

Alf Louvre & Jeffrey Walsh (1988) Tell me lies about Vietnam: cultural battles for the meaning of the war, Milton Keynes: Open University Press [library link]

John Storey (2009) ‘Rockin’ Hegemony: West Coast Rock and Amerika’s War in Vietnam’ in John Storey (ed) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader – 4th Edition, Harlow: Pearson.

See also John Storey (2010) Culture and Power in Cultural Studies: The Politics of Signification, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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