When I was in high school, Mr. Stokes, our American History teacher, spent a week showing movies. Probably he was just tired and burnt out because you would think that what he showed would have had some tenuous relationship to what we were studying, but he showed Easy Rider and James Brown on the Tami Show. If you've never seen it, you need to. Now he's more mythologized than listened to, though still piercing the pop culture in its geriatric enthusiasms, but James Brown really created a whole sphere of liberated and startling musicality. Would Prince and Justin Timberlake be who they are without him?
Night Train (Live on the Tami Show)
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