If you are a music lover and find yourself anywhere near Downtown Los Angeles between now and the end of the year, there is one spot that it is simply criminal not to visit. Because running between now and January 2012 is an exhibition at the GRAMMY Museum entitled ‘Say It Loud: The Genius of James Brown’. We have already had a sneak peak, and will be returning again and again to bask in the great man’s music and legacy.
Bringing together rare artifacts from the Brown’s career, as well as recollections and tales from the likes of Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, DMC and numerous others, the exhibition explores Brown’s seminal role as musical, dance and fashion trendsetter, as well as his pioneering role within the Civil Rights movement. There are even some surprise highlights including some of Brown's "secret things" that help explain the singer's well-known and self-proclaimed "great hair”. That is worth the effort by its self.
It has always amazed us that, of all music’s pioneers, James Brown somehow still gets side-lined. We think he is possibly the single most important figure in popular music history. There. We said it. And said it loud.