Season 18, Episode 2 James Brown: Soul Survivor
First Aired: October 29, 2003
James Brown (1933-2006), the “Godfather of Soul,” is featured in this crisp 2003 profile, which also includes comments from Little Richard, Chuck D, Wyclef Jean, Dan Aykroyd and Rev. Al Sharpton, who says that Brown “changed the whole cultural paradigm of black America.” Producer-director Jonathan Marre follows Brown from Augusta, Ga., in 1938, when he danced for nickels and dimes at age 5 in his aunt's “house of ill repute,” back to Augusta.
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- Premise: An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal… (more)