Working for the Man, Playing in the Band: My Years with James Brown

Working for the Man, Playing in the Band: My Years with James Brown

A white rock ’n’ roll guitarist on stage with the Godfather of Soul

In this unvarnished account of toiling under one of popular music’s most notorious bosses, Damon Wood details his six years spent playing guitar for James Brown’s Soul Generals.

In a memoir certain to fascinate Mr. Dynamite’s millions of fans, as well as musicians and industry insiders, Wood recalls how a chance encounter with James Brown led him to embrace soul and funk music under the tutelage of its greatest progenitor. Numerous interviews with bandmates provide multiple perspectives on James Brown’s complex character, his leadership of his band, the nature of soul and funk, and insights and sometimes harsh lessons learned along the way.

This is a sideman’s story of the gritty reality of working close to the spotlight but rarely in it. Damon Wood describes life on the road — often on James Brown’s infamous tour bus — with one guitar, a change of clothes, and two dozen comrades-in-arms as they brought the funk to clubs, theaters, and the biggest music festivals on earth. Working for James Brown could be fear-inducing, inspiring, exhilarating, and exasperating — all in the space of a single performance.

Title:Working for the Man, Playing in the Band: My Years with James Brown
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781770413856
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  • Valerity (Val)

    This is an entertaining book by a guitar player who gets called up to play for James Brown's band the Soul Generals at a moment's notice halfway around the world. Damon Wood goes on to chronicle what ...

  • Dave

    Most books about musicians, performers, entertainers, attempt to be almost encyclopedic in their descriptions of every aspect of the entertainer's biography, including detailing every tour date, every...

  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read

    Awesome book about the author's playing for the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown. What an honor and experience. The author takes us righ there with him during the good, bad or indifferent. I truly enj...

  • daniel Paczkowski

    5 stars.Fantastic. This is a great read for any one who is interested in a first-hand, behind the scenes look into the world of the talented musicians who shared the stage with the iconic James Brown....