James Brown - The Godfather Of Soul

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Courtney Pine presents a two-part documentary exploring the career of James Brown, a key figure in the transformation both of R 'n' B into soul and soul into funk.

This first programme looks at Brown's early years.

Born into poverty in the South, he ran foul of the law before being granted parole and starting his music career in a gospel group.

With comments from Brown himself and his musical associates.

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Courtney Pine presents the second of two documentaries exploring the career of music legend James Brown.

The programme focuses on Brown's flirtation with American politics, his creation of funk music and his movie successes.

Plus how the James Brown beat still pulsates through modern hip-hop.

With contributions from Jazzie B, Maceo Parker, Boy George, Daryl Hall and Brown himself.