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Working for the Man, Playing in the Band: My Years with James Brown


This is an entertaining book by a guitar player who gets called up to play for James Brown’s band the Soul Generals at a moment’s notice halfway around the world. Damon Wood goes on to chronicle what it’s like to play as a side man for “the hardest working man in show business” for the next 6 years. The good, the bad, and the not so great times of traveling with a large group of musicians, much of the time on a band bus. There were other times spent hustling onto planes to rush to buses then to a venue to barely have time for a sound check, then back to a hotel. to grab a quick shower and iron your costume for the show and relax a bit before going on. But when the music was good it would make you forget all of that stress, especially when James…

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This November, the track of Smokey Robinson’s tears will surely be one of joy when the Motown legend receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The New York Times reports that Robinson is set to be the eighth musician honored with the award, which in past years has been bestowed upon Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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