This sanitized biopic of James Brown’s tumultuous life has enough high points to make it worth watching. Especially the recording session of “Please, Please, Please,” where the Jewish old-school record company exec is trying to figure what the hell’s going on in his recording studio. (“What is this? That’s not a song! All he’s saying is ‘Please’ over and over!”) Another is the TAMI show where Brown is told that these English guys called the Rolling Stones are going to close the show instead of him. So what does he do? He goes out and SLAYS the audience (the clip I’ve attached is from that show) and leaves the Stones wishing they were following anybody — *anybody* — but that guy who just left the stage.


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