Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Black Caesar

Maybe it was because he died on Christmas Day, but the passing of James Brown seems like a cultural afterthought - his death was the subject of a minute or two obituary halfway through the broadcast on the nightly news; they didn't even fade to black at the end of the piece, they just went on to the next story. I highly doubt if Bob Dylan had died on Christmas Day the coverage would have been as slight. But Brown was Dylan, Bach and Beethoven.

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