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James Brown's Live at the Apollo : 33 1/3 - Douglas Wolk

James Brown's Live at the Apollo

33 1/3

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Published: 30th August 2004
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Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives, often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task that can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen. Previous titles in this now well-established series have beaten sales expectations and received excellent review coverage - the third batch is sure to continue this success. More titles follow in the spring of 2005.

...he advances, word by word, through the centerpiece of the disk, Lost Someone, he tracks the cries emitted from the audience by a mysterious little old lady, and then he speaks very well about the knees, the microphones, and the capes of James Brown the tragedian. Written in clear and precise language, the book is ideal while listening to the recording in, for example, the Deluxe edition brought out last year with notably improved sound. Soul Bag 178 (French music magazine) Wolk breaks down the show minute by minute, song by song, to get at what made it such a transformative event. Washington Post, 2/13/05 slim, elegant volume. --Observer (Music Monthly) exemplary analysis of James Brown s legendary LP -MOJO, Jon Harrington, 1st March 2005 Extract from Word, April 2007 "The setup's a stretch--'Most of the audience thought they'd be dead within the week'--but Wolk makes the case that the then-brewing Cuban missle crisis had something to do with why this is the most explosive live album ever. Wolk's writing is so evocative and his observations on Brown as the artist who becomes the art are so keen that you'll have the CD blaring in the background before he goes into his meticulous cut-by-cut analysis. And you'll hear things you never noticed before. A" --Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04 " slim, elegant volume" --Observer (UK Music monthly) November 2004 "The highlight is Douglas Wolk's examination of James Brown's Live at the Apollo, which reads like a hypertext book. He moves moment-by-moment through the recording of the album, stopping every few paragraphs to elaborate, explain or digress. In the process, he opens up not only the particulars of Brown's live shows at the time, but how the Apollo show fits into Brown's legendary career, how Brown and his material fit into the history of R&B, and how the album fits into American culture, being recorded on the eve of the Cuban Missle Crisis." Alex Rawls, Gambit Weekly (New Orleans) 10/26/04 " slim, elegant volume" Observer (UK Music monthly) November 2004 "James Brown's Live at the Apollo is famed as the best concert recording of his raw showmanship. Taped in the fall of 1962 at the venerable, and even legendary, showcase for black performers, the Apollo Theater of Harlem, the recording captured Brown when he was still something of an underground phenomenon. With a series of hits on the R&B charts to his credit, he was poised to move in on the pop charts. The show recorded was Brown's twenty-fourth that week testimony in itself that he was indeed, as his publicity claimed, "the hardest working man in show business." Wolk neatly assesses the record's context and its function as the fuel for Brown's ascent to the pop stratosphere." Reviewed by Mike Tribby in Booklist, Sept. 15, 2005 "The setup's a stretch 'Most of the audience thought they'd be dead within the week' but Wolk makes the case that the then-brewing Cuban missle crisis had something to do with why this is the most explosive live album ever. Wolk's writing is so evocative and his observations on Brown as the artist who becomes the art are so keen that you'll have the CD blaring in the background before he goes into his meticulous cut-by-cut analysis. And you'll hear things you never noticed before. A" Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04 "James Brown's Live at the Apollo has often been cited as the first live album to make the concept commercially viable. Author Wolk races through the record like Brown through a set, splitting his ideas into very small sections, often barely a paragraph long, and capturing the electricity of the recording. He links to aspects of Brown's wider career "one of the strangest is 'The Knees of James Brown'), but these breaks don't interrupt the flow." Jason Draper, Record Collector (UK) Feb. 2005 "Live recordings are something we often take for granted. We forget that what we're hearing is more than music. That it's an event, something that happened in a specific time, at a specific place. Douglas Wolk, through piecing together the events of the evening in 1962 where James Brown recorded his classic Live at the Apollo performance, brings the event, the place, the music to life. If you haven't heard Live at the Apollo, do so now it's essential. Then read this book, which promotes an even deeper love for James Brown's landmark album.' Zack Adcock, The Hub Weekly, 1/13/05 slim, elegant volume. Observer (Music Monthly) "This dissection of James Brown's Oct. 24, 1962, show at the Apollo and the resulting album is a resplendent work for both the amount of research and the passion Wolk provides. This short album history is not only a vivid recollection of Brown, but a colorful illustration of the time." Mark Baumgarten, Willamette Week, 1/5/2005

ISBN: 9780826415721
ISBN-10: 0826415725
Series: 33 1/3
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 30th August 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.51 x 12.7  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.13
Edition Number: 1