On December 13, I took a long drive to Des Plaines to pick up relatives of my friend Perry Kanlan, a showbiz-adjacent eccentric known as Dancin’ Man. The time on the road gave me the chance to reflect on the circumstances of my relationship with him. I formally met Perry in 2011, when my friend […]
Sugar Pie DeSanto’s seven-decade career has included touring with James Brown, writing for Chess Records, and recording the 1966 hit “In the Basement” with Etta James.
Written shortly after Nixon’s resignation, James Brown’s “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” speaks to today’s political corruption too.
An expert negotiator, he went to bat for stars as big as James Brown and Muddy Waters, but he also clawed back royalties for countless forgotten artists who’d never gotten their due.
Guitarist Samuel “Bebop” Thomas and vocalist Maja Rios formed the core of the groovy but underdocumented Spaceship Love.
Watching the watchers at the Chicago International Film Festival
The dazzling two-CD set Zaire 74: The African Artists presents electric performances from Congolese musical royalty and South African legend Miriam Makeba.
Author James McBride will appear at the Chicago Humanities Festival to discuss his latest book, Kill ‘Em and Leave, which answers many questions about James Brown. But one question remains.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Here We Come, Here We Go, Were We Are,” from James Brown’s band (and 70s-funk instructor) the J.B.’s.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
Current musical obsessions of Exit Ghost guitarist Michael Golas and artist Elena Ailes
Polished garage band the Rovin’ Kind had a second life on Epic Records as the Illinois Speed Press.
Musical obsessions of MC Tree and Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber
How about this cape weather we’ve been having?
James Brown plays the daylights out of a Soul Train performance