Proud by Ronald D., Jr. Lankford
The Story of James Brown (Modern Music Masters)

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Born into poverty in Barnwell, South Carolina during the 1930's, James Brown was determined to rise above his circumstances. With little parental care and no more than a seventh grade education, Brown found his true calling in music. At first Brown sang the gospel that he had learned in church as a boy, but later he joined a vocal group called the Avons that sang R&B. Eventually Brown struck out on his own, creating one of the most dynamic live shows in America during the 1960s and creating a body of work that continues to influence rap and hip-hop.From his involvement in the civil rights movement during the 1960s to his tour of Vietnam in 1968, Brown was committed to making a better world. His climb to success, however, was never easy, and even as one of the most successful entertainers in America, Brown often lived a turbulent life. Over the course of his lifetime, he would be arrested multiple times and even serve time in prison. Proud: The Story of James Brown follows the artistic peaks and personal tragedies of one of the most important and influential musical voices of the contemporary era. Through a career that extended for fifty years, James Brown left a legacy that continues to impact popular music today.

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Published January 1, 2014 by Morgan Reynolds Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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Gr 6–9—Lankford presents Brown's life from his 1933 birth in a South Carolina shack, through a tumultuous career, to his death in 2006. He examines his subject's influence on the evolution of popular music, from gospel to R & B, rock to soul and funk. Still relevant today, The Hardest Working Man...

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