“…When James Brown was imprisoned in 1988 after leading police on a two-state car chase that ended only when his tires were shot out –
– many people felt he was guilty of nothing more than driving-while-black –
– and called on authorities to free the Godfather of Soul.
Those closest to Brown – long aware of the star’s increasingly erratic behavior and penchant for driving fast-
– high on the powerful hallucinogen PCP –
– saw things differently.
“We wondered what took them so long, if you want to know the truth,” guitarist Ron Laster says in “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown.”
That’s just one of the many nuggets that author RJ Smith has unearthed in his unflinching portrait of the conflicted and contradictory superstar…”
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