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Re: “Summer Movie Journal #6

I'm happy not to be part of the "we" that wrongly dismissed GET ON UP as a glorified MTV Music Video. (I'm also happy not to be part of the "we" that thinks music videos can't be as cinematic or as compelling as either short films or features, but that's another story.)

Yep, GET ON UP is imperfect. Many of Brown's personal eccentricities are either briefly mentioned or altogether ignored; his family/women issues alone could spin off into another couple of movies. And what about hip-hop? And Zaire? And his appearance at the Grand Ole Opry? But even though its run time and its PG-13 rating conspire against it, Taylor's movie offers plenty of tart images, scenes and observations about black (and white) history, psychology, and music, music music. It's a provocative and formally complex piece of mythology with a phenomenal soundtrack. The only fiction film I've seen recently that did something similar was CADILLAC RECORDS, and even that is relatively conventional in comparison.

As for why Mick Jagger might want to put some money down on a movie about a man that supposedly hated him, who knows? Maybe Mick was trying to manage or control or possibly exploit Brown's legacy. You know, like when people write or peddle tell-all books that claim to offer "the truth" about difficult, complex artists instead of admitting that what they're telling or selling simply adds to the available storehouse of scholarship, analysis and first-hand anecdotes instead of rendering it irrelevant or unnecessary.

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Posted by Addison E. on 08/29/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Summer Movie Journal #6

GET ON UP. We all know the movie was NOTHING more than a glorified MTV Music Video. Mick Jagger, Tomi Rae and Brian Grazer really messed this one up... especially for names like Tate Taylor, Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. If you got INSIDE the GODFATHER, you'd know that James Brown DESPISED Mick Jagger... so what in the heck is Jagger doing making a movie on a man that hated him? Ask Tomi Rae - the estranged "widow" that was thrown out of his estate. Get the book:

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Posted by Ian Trottier on 08/29/2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Summer Movie Journal #6

Oops. The too-oft quoted line in THE TRIP is actually from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, not GOLDFINGER. C. and B. keep saying the line as part of their attempts to sound like Christopher Lee, which nicely connects this capsule to the 1941 capsule. Anyway, sorry about that mistake.

Posted by Addison E. on 08/28/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Live from Graceland: SiriusXM's Elvis Radio

I was at heartbreak hotel - Graceland Memphis in July 2014 ....My Dream of a Lifetime.
Loved every moment I was there.
My heart full thank you to "Anna" in the shrine of Elvis office at the HB hotel... She gave me and my Family an enormous open heart welcome and lookd after us extremely well ..
Thank you... Thank you Very Much.

And to top it up even more the .... Sirius Elvis Radio station ... just totally amazing 24/7 of ELVIS .... Loved it ....5*****+ rating

Can not wait to go back to the Home of Elvis...

Meena Dhunna from United Kingdom

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Posted by Meena Dhunna on 08/23/2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “River Series at Harbor Town Amphitheater


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Posted by Mark Plumlee on 08/22/2014 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King - Julie and Hal Lansky

Loved visiting this shop in Memphis, I bought an amazing cuff made out of a Johnny Cash record :)

Posted by Lisa Marie Rowe on 08/22/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The He & She Show at the Hi-Tone

This is the a clip about the advice that was referred to in the article (can't wait to hang out the Memphis peoples on Saturday night, 8PM!!!!)

Posted by Teresa Wyckoff on 08/21/2014 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Live from Graceland: SiriusXM's Elvis Radio

Where in the world can I get the Cirque du Soliel version of Blue Suede Shoes with the heavy drum solos interspersed with Thus Spake Zararthustra which was played on XM19 today, August 18, 2014, at about 5:00 EST? That is so HOT!!! Please identify for me the version I am referencing. I have tried many with a google search but cannot find that version. Many thanks to anyone who can help me.

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Posted by fezziwig2 on 08/18/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Settling Up With Chips: American Sound Studio Marker

Great piece, Joe. One correction: 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' wasn't recorded at American. BJ Thomas got offered the opportunity to record with, composer/producers, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and cleared it with Chips Moman who encouraged Thomas to go to, I'm not sure if it was LA or NYC, probably LA, to record the song. Similarly, the same year, Dionne Warwick interrupted her string of Bacharach/David classics to come to Memphis to American to record her Top 20 album Soulful, which yielded her hit cover of The Righteous Brothers 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling'. Not sure if Moman and Bacharach/David worked out a trade or what but Thomas, who got a number one hit and eventually saw his song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, certainly benefited more than Warwick who only got a Top 20 single that's been, more or less, forgotten.

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Posted by tsunamirojas on 08/15/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Settling Up With Chips: American Sound Studio Marker

At the intersection of Chelsea Ave. & Thomas St. in front of Family Dollar.

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Posted by Vladimir on 08/14/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Settling Up With Chips: American Sound Studio Marker

Thanks Memphis Boys! Those are some great records.

What is the address where the marker is located?

Posted by skot on 08/14/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King - Julie and Hal Lansky

Lookin' great, Hal -Clean as AJAX!
Best Wishes, Randy Toma

Posted by Randy Toma on 08/12/2014 at 3:40 AM

Re: “Elvis Week Events

Some folks have made quite a career dressing up and performing as Elvis did. Some of them are quite remarkable. I much prefer the term "Elvis tribute artist" to "Elvis impersonator." These folks are not trying to pass themselves off as Elvis Risen. Elvis was one of the most iconic people in the world, in looks, mannerisms, voice, personality, style of dress. Anyone can imitate Elvis; very few can do it well. Elvis died the day after my 35th birthday, and I have met Scotty, D.J. and James Burton, so I do feel a connection.

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Posted by Johnny B. Hall on 08/09/2014 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Elvis Week Events

I do not like Elvis impersonators. Only the real thing for me.

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Posted by Brian Quinn on 08/08/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Elvis Week Events

When do we look for you? Monday the 11th? Prizes, etc? Please let me know!

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Posted by Rainbow on 08/07/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “On TV This Week: Prince Mongo on "American Pickers"

Frank, I want that Tattoo Pictyre..! Consider it sold...

Posted by Linda Ridge on 07/31/2014 at 12:27 AM
Posted by Floyd Yancey on 07/28/2014 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Street Style at Memphis Farmers Market — Musician/Mom Jamera and Son Amir

Those are WAY TOO HEAVY.

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Posted by Urban Cwhore on 07/21/2014 at 1:01 AM

Re: “Street Style at Memphis Farmers Market — Musician/Mom Jamera and Son Amir

Love the look! Absolutely beautiful!

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Posted by AbFab on 07/20/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Street Style at Memphis Farmers Market — Musician/Mom Jamera and Son Amir

Yeah, well, beauty hurts.....

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Posted by Ovest on 07/19/2014 at 12:40 PM

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