Thursday, November 29, 2007

Princteon / Columbia... Here I Be

"Ain't that a Groove": The Genius of James Brown
A Princeton University Two-Day Symposium


Thursday, November 29, 2007
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

Valerie Smith, Director of the Center for African American Studies

"James Brown: Man To Man", Concert Film Footage
courtesy of Alan Leeds and Harry Weinger

"On the One": A Keynote Roundtable featuring Robert Christgau, Farah J. Griffin, Alan Leeds, and Fred Moten
moderator: Daphne A. Brooks

Friday, November 30, 2007
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

Opening Remarks: "'I'm Not There': Popular Music Studies & the
Godfather of Soul"
Daphne A. Brooks

"It's A Man's Man's Man's World": Black Power, Black Masculinity and the Politics of Funk

Mark Anthony Neal, "In the Rhythm of Patriarchy: 'Papa Don't Take No Mess'"
Jason King, "James Brown's Sweat"
Thomas F. DeFrantz, "My Brother, the Dance Master"
Robert Fink, "Soul Power, 1971"
Moderator: Tera W. Hunter

The Funky Precedent: Revolutionizing Rock, Birthing Hip Hop—Theorizing James Brown's Musical Innovations

Kandia Crazy Horse, "The One and Only: King James' Rock Revolt"
Rickey Vincent, "James Brown and the Rhythm Revolution"
Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, "The Roots of Hip Hop"
Harry Weinger, "Listening to James Brown"
Moderator: Joshua B. Guild

"Mama Don't Take No Mess": Black Feminist Readings of James Brown

Greg Tate, "blues and the nekkid truth--the embodied she-funks of betty davis, chaka khan, grace jones and meshell ndeocello"
Imani Perry, "Telling Him About Himself: A Feminist Reading of James Brown"
Mendi Obadike, "The Pleasure/Challenge of James Brown's Iconicity"
Ernest Hardy, "James Brown: Portal of Possibility"
Moderator: Tavia Nyong'o

Closing Remarks
Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies

101 McCormick Hall

Special Evening Q&A
A Conversation with legendary James Brown band members Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Questlove of the Roots
Moderator: Alan Leeds

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