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James Brown: there was (is) none better

Wow. Seriously.

James Brown is an artist at the very heart of the freethinking movement. On any given freethinking nyc night, you’ll be guaranteed to hear him, and there’s a fighting chance that you’ll also hear Fred Wesley, Bobby Byrd and Maceo Parker. James Brown changed music.

I never saw James Brown play live. The opportunity was there, but I chose to not see him. This may be sacrilegious, but there’s one reason why I chose to not see one of the most iconic artists of all time: I was born in 1975. By the time I was in a regular concert-going habit, it was the 90s. I just didn’t see the point of going to check out James Brown 20 years after his prime.

And so, when the video below was posted onto facebook last week, I felt somewhat vindicated by my decision. You see, here’s James Brown tearing shit up, four years before I was born. This is how to see the man.

I dare you – I double dare you – to find an example of a live performance which is better than this.

James Brown had it.