Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pam Grier played Foxy Brown in the 70's

Foxy Brown is a 1974 blaxploitation film written and directed by Jack Hill. It stars Pam Grier as the title character, described by one character as "a whole lot of woman" who showcases unrelenting black sexiness while battling the villains

Sunday, April 24, 2011

James Brown Photo by Chuck Boyd

"Soul Brother Number One," "the Godfather of Soul," "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music. And no other musician, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting, exhilarating stage show: Brown's performances were marvels of athletic stamina and split-second timing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Adrian Younge, authentic way

Adrian Younge is a self-taught musician, film editor, and recording engineer who has dedicated his life to the study of vintage black soul music. In 2000 Younge released Venice Dawn, a psychedelic funk score to accompany a faux vintage Italian film. Venice Dawn, and supplementary productions, were produced in Younge’s very own analog studio, one of the last fully operational analog studios in Los Angeles. In 2009, Younge composed the score for the Sundance sensation Black Dynamite. The score has generated critical acclaim for authentically capturing the cinematic soul of the 1970s. It is available on Wax Poetics Records.
“Don’t miss the 70s blaxploitation homage in Black Dynamite…the shots of Crenshaw, the Flying Fox and Maverick’s Flat made me want to crawl up into the screen, but it is Mount Washington composer Adrian Younge’s genius original score that really brings the wah-wah era to life in an emotionally authentic way.”
– Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bootsy Collins in 80's

William "Bootsy" Collins's monstrous and elastic bass sound is one of the defining ingredients of funk.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands and Roger Robinson

Vintage Movie Wallpaper of the Day
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Rare image of Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands and Roger Robinson on the set of Willie Dynamite. Though it loses steam in its middle act, this is one sock ‘em rock ‘em funk ‘em pimp film, you don’t want to miss and promised to sing the “Oh Willie D” theme song for days and days and days and days and days and weeks and years and decades of your life upon just one viewing!

The late Diana Sands, whose last film appearance is in “Willie Dynamite,” posed with fellow players Roscoe Orman, left, and Roger Robinson.
Willie Dynamite,” a Zanuck/Brown production for Universal, stars Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands and Thalmus Rasulala as “Robert Daniels”; co-starred are Joyce Walker, Roger Robinson and George Murdock. The drama about the downfall of a powerful New York pimp was produced by Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, directed in Technicolor by Gilbert Moses, and written as a screenplay by Ron Cutler from a story by Joe Keyes, Jr. and Cutler.
Image Source:
Official issued still that was used in its original USA release.

soul singers James Brown and Aretha Franklin sing during a Home Box Office taping at the Taboo night club in Detroit. Franklin is scheduled to undergo a medical procedure Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, one day after a community prayer vigil was held in Detroit on behalf of the legendary Motown singer. Franklin wasn't at the vigil, but in a statement she thanked the City Council, saying "all prayers are good." (AP Photo/Rob Kozlof