Get Up Offa That Thing: How James Brown Inspired a Generation

There are very few artists who are able to influence the music industry in the way in which the ‘Godfather of Soul’ was able to. Brown, much like the shows in which he was renown for performing, explosively entered the world of show business in 1956 with ‘Please, Please, Please’, released with the group the Famous Flames, and he would remain one of the most influential people in music for the next six decades until his death in 2006. Born and raised in poverty deep in the south of the United States, Brown was shaped by a number of significant influences in his early life. Growing up black in the deep south and with no money to his name Brown was no stranger to misfortune. Raised in a brothel

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