The Godfather of Soul, James Brown

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This first of it's kind exhibition features rare memorable and personal artifacts which vividly tell the story of Browns rise to worldwide fame.

Highlights include:

  • An array of costumes and personal artifacts worn by Brown from the 1960s and on
  • A King of Soul crown worn by Brown in the 1950s
  • Family photos with candid images of Brown and his children, on tour, at home,and during philanthropic activities
  • Programs from the three James Brown Memorial Services held in New York, Augusta, and South Carolina
  • Audio-visual stations featuring concert performance footage, highlighted tracks and studio recordings
  • Excerpts of interviews with individuals who owe influence to Brown.

Interactive kiosks highlight the often imitated, but never duplicated, sound of Browns horn-driven funk music and enable exhibit visitors to experience his musical evolution as a singer, composer, and performer. His remarkable legacy is told through oral histories of musicians, politicians, and entertainers. Excerpts of interviews with Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Keidis, Smokey Robinson, and more contribute personal stories and insights into Brown as a performer, philanthropist, and musician.

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