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James Brown's Live at the Apollo

James Brown's Live at the Apollo
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Douglas Wolk
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0826415725
ISBN-13: 9780826415721

About the Book:

By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the 33 1/3 series explores critically acclaimed and much-loved albums by famous recording artists.

In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem: an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded) that night, and illustrates beautifully the enduring power of one of James Brown's – and popular music's – defining moments: Live at the Apollo.

As Douglas Wolk states in the book, "Standing on the stage of the Apollo at a sold-out show on the night of October 24, 1962, screaming, James Brown would have looked out and seen 1500 people screaming back at him in the audience, split between the floor and the balconies. The walls behind them were a dark crimson; the balconies were decorated with the laurel wreaths that are the emblem of Apollo the god, recalling Daphne, who became a laurel tree to escape his lust. Most of the audience thought there was a good chance they'd be dead within the week."

What people say:

"A brilliant series of pocket-sized books focusing on a classic album. Each one a work of real love." — NME

About the Author:

Douglas Wolk has established himself as an arts critic writing primarily about music and comics in both print and electronic media. His work appears regularly in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Slate, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and many other publications. He has written two books, including James Brown's Live at the Apollo. He lives in Portland, Oregon.