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Jagger Follows ‘Get On Up’ With James Brown Documentary

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After co-producing this year’s James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up,’ Mick Jagger has co-produced ‘Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,’ a new HBO documentary about the early days of the Godfather of Soul. The feature-length documentary, directed by the Oscar-winning Alex Gibney of Jigsaw Productions, will debut on October 27 in the US, exclusively on HBO.

The film was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time, and includes rare and unseen footage, interviews and photographs charting Brown’s rise to fame. His first hit, 1956’s ‘Please, Please, Please’ comes under the spotlight along with his famous performances at the Apollo Theatre, the Paris Olympia and on the ‘T.A.M.I. Show,’ where his fellow performers included the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

‘Mr. Dynamite’ will air twice on HBO on October 27, then twice a day on October 30, November 2, 4 and 15. It’s also scheduled to air four times on HBO2.

Says Jagger: “We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown’s estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the story of James’ career from its inception through its pinnacle.

“We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career. By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present.”

Adds Gibney: “When Mick Jagger reached out to me to direct the documentary, we had a common goal in mind, to take the music of James Brown and put it into a larger historical context. As a musician, ‘Mr. Dynamite’ was the essential funk pioneer, a hugely influential figure and one of the greatest live performers – ever.

“Beyond his music, Brown’s cultural impact extends to the present day. Mick and his producing partner, Victoria Pearman, along with Peter Afterman from Inaudible and Blair Foster from Jigsaw, were wonderfully supportive and creative producers. We couldn’t be in better hands than with our friends at HBO.”

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Marvin Uhny

    October 16, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Loved the movie looking forward to the hbo documentary

    • sherman butler

      October 17, 2014 at 2:08 am

      A MUST SEE but, for those who knew him well enough cannot be said

  2. sherman butler

    October 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

    CERTAINLY A MUST SEE but, for those who knew him enough can not be said..

  3. Vicki Slamal

    October 17, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Loved Git On Up so can’t wait to see the documentary. Miss James and saw him live. What an entertainer he was.

  4. rodger Prater

    October 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Incredible memories! Have all the original 45s on federal and king labels.
    In 1967 I was in Agusta Ga. Sitting in a tattoo parlor getting my only tattoo, looking out the window and seeing a billboard reading the home of no. 1 soul brother James Brown, I was in the Army and on my way to Vietnam.
    In 2000 my daughter took me to see him at Fox theater in stockton ca.thank you Rochelle a wonderful show I will never forget!

  5. Arnold Robert Luber

    October 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Saw JB & the famous flames & his entire review, bobby blue bland, TV mama, etc, etc. @ the howard theater in DC in 63, several times. BEST SHOW EVER.
    Me and fast Eddie would hitch there and pay like $2. Was 14, & never had any problems. it was all about the music. Owwwww!

  6. Thomas L. White

    October 17, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I had the pleasure of witnessing 17 James Brown concerts over a 50 year period. No two shows were ever the same, but each and every one was “Pure Dynamite”!!!

  7. T White

    October 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I had the pleasure of witnessing 17 James Brown concerts over a 50 year period. No two shows were ever the same. But each and every one was “Pure Dynamite”!!!

  8. CLARENCE KATO DELTON

    October 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I’VE BEEN Doing The JAMES BROWN…ALL Of My ENTIRE life….FROM SIX UNTIL NOW..I’m 58…AND Now I’m ON DA BASS…STILL JAMES BROWNING….I Know All His MOVES…I STILL TODAY SLIDE ACROSS THE ROOM.. WISH I WAS WITH THE J.B.’S..KATO.

  9. Mary Haynes

    October 30, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I sew James brown in 1966 and I will never forget this show he was so good.

  10. DJ Kool H.

    January 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Saw this Doc. a few moths ago. It may be better than the movie Jagger produced due to the fact that we see and hear the real JB in all his glory.

  11. Hudson Laird

    February 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Hey guys, my name is Hudson Laird I played Brian Wilson as a featured extra in the Get On Up movie! We have a cameo in the backstage scene at the T.A.M.I show. Here’s a picture of us (you may have to copy link and paste in Google) https://plus.google.com/113582099006983520973/posts/hWrb81zCcM7

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