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I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul

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James Brown has always been a fascinating, controversial figure. From his humble childhood in Georgia, he went on to change the face of American music with hit after hit on the R&B charts. And while he was a courageous public figure in a time of national strife and adversity, his personal life took many destructive turns, leaving a long and difficult path of redemption ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 272 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by The New American Library, Inc. (first published 2005)
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Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I respect the Godfather of Soul, he has done many great things for different communities, but this book is merely a motley of ranting and ravings from the mouth of a megalomaniac. Did anyone fact check anything before publication?
Orion A
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I choose this book because in speech class we were assigned to do a speech on a band from the 60's-80's. I choose James Brown and this book looked like it had a lot of info on him. The book starts off describing his life in poverty during the great depression in Georgia. His mom left him when he was 8 and then his dad when he was 11. He was left with his dad's friend who acted like foster mother to him. She didn't watch him that well so one day we went to church. Where he found his new love for ...more
David Ward
Feb 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
James Brown: I Feel Good - A Memoir of Life and Soul by James Brown with an introduction by Marc Eliot (New American Library 2005)(Biography). I'd never heard of Marc Eliot before I read this book and then typed his name into Goodreads. He's apparently the ghostwriter to the stars! He also has tossed off dozens of biographies. It appears that the only A-lister he has yet to write for is Burt Convy. Eliot's biographies appear to have been researched entirely from the pages of People Magazine. I h ...more
Paul Rockthief
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
If you are looking for some basic information about James Brown then you will find some here, not a lot, but some. If you are wanting a well-written book with substance then avoid this book like a bad cold. I loved the man's music, but life was about him and no one else really counted. His massive ego and self-centerness are apparent in the book. I wish there had been more about his music. I don't recommend the book and give it one star for its music information. Back in the 1980s I saw Brown in ...more
May 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
What can I say, it is endearing because it's JB's own words, it pops and its full of hope, and THAT is worth the read alone...

I'd lie if I said it was a good biography of his life, but like most oral histories, you get a better sense of James as he sees himself, which is a great thing in and of itself.

I think saying it left me "Bewildered" would be appropriate.

Nandi Crawford
Interesting book written a year before his death, James Brown candidly speaks on his life as well as his forays to jail. Good or bad, the Godfather was a man who tried to help his community, encouraged kids by paying for them to go to college. yet, he was complex, but I tend to feel if you had problems as he did growing up, absent mom, dad whipping him, it will leave something on you.
I really liked the introduction to this book. That was far more informative than the memoir itself.

The voice of Mr. Brown definitely comes through in the book. It was a quick read, and entertaining, but not very in depth.
Beth Gardner
Sep 01, 2014 rated it liked it
For the most part, and interesting story and an insight into the man James Brown.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
James Brown wanted to make a hologram of himself. And he lived in a house that was built on an ancient burial ground.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting read . . . James take on his life is very interesting.
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James Joseph Brown, commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" and "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", was a two-time Grammy Award-winning and mutiple Grammy Award-nominated American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century po
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