“Living In America” — James Brown

No Words, No Song
6 min readMay 21, 2019

We’ve mentioned the Queen of Country Music and the King of Rock and Roll round here lately, so an appearance from the Godfather of Soul seemed a little overdue.

The Godfather of Soul was James Brown. He wasn’t just the Godfather of Soul, though. James Brown more or less invented funk, as we know it, too.

And he was the unwitting “patient zero” of hip-hop as well. Many of his early records would later be sampled to provide the beats, the rhythms, the bass-lines and the horns which underpinned the tidal wave of new music emerging from the inner…

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No Words, No Song

Without words, it’s just a nice tune. Add words — now you’ve got a song. And songs can change your world. I write about some that changed mine.