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American Masters

James Brown: Soul Survivor (#1702)

James Brown, the "godfather of soul," is regarded by many as the most influential living African-American musician. This film, which celebrates the iconic entertainer's legacy, explores the era of "funk" that Brown created, ushering in an immaculate rhythmic tension that paralleled the evolution of the Civil Rights movement. Brown's call for "black power," his controversial lifestyle and his temporary, but devastating, fall from the spotlight in the 1970s are all explored through interviews with Brown and commentary by his closest friends, fellow musicians and celebrities. Little Richard, Al Sharpton, Dan Aykroyd and Chuck D are among those who help illuminate the film's pulsating original performances and rare archival footage. [86 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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