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Mr. Brown didn’t even like Mick Jagger,” fumes Charles Bobbit. ” Here’s how music history in America works: a trumpet player blows a solo in a Philly nightclub in 1945. Somebody slaps it on a record, and fifty years later that same solo is a final in a college jazz department, and your kid pays $60,000 a year to take the final, while the guy who blew the solo out of his guts in the first place is deader than yesterday’s rice and beans, his family is suffering from the same social illness that created his great solo, and nobody gave two hoots about the guy when he died and nobody gives two hoots about his family now.
There’s important people here! ” “Kill ’em and leave, Rev. ” He did it for almost fifty years. James Brown was not common. James Brown was not easily found or discussed or discovered—by anyone. James Brown kept his distance. But his past he could not kill and leave.
I gave him the whole deal: Having a hard time telling the real story. Terrible court case. A lot of fighting. Got a bunch of questions with no answers, trying to get to the bottom of things, blah, blah, blah. Joe listened silently, holding his fork loosely. It hung in the air as I spoke. When I was done, he still held his fork over his plate of liver and collards. “You watch yourself out here,” he said softly. “I haven’t done anything wrong,” I said. ” He looked at me, steady, silent. ” Back in the 1960s, when I was a kid living in St.