Renowned rock critic Robert Christgau spoke on a panel at Experience Music Project a couple of years back. And when someone asked who he thought was the greatest innovator in American popular music, he didn’t blink: James Brown — the man who laid the foundation for modern funk, hip-hop and R&B, for starters.
The Godfather of Soul died early Christmas morning. He will be missed.
While I never got to see him live, I feel fortunate to have recently caught ex-JB sax player Maceo Parker in Victoria, BC. "Pass the Peas" and "Soul Power": Timeless.
Found a nice peice on the man and his legacy in Britain’s NME, which you can read here.