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Conference focuses on James Brown, Nov. 29-30

The life, career and cultural impact of one of America's most influential musicians, James Brown, will be discussed in a conference Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

"'Ain't That a Groove': The Genius of James Brown" will feature scholars and critics from around the country as well as Brown's former tour manager, Alan Leeds, and musician and producer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of the Roots.

Brown, known as "The Godfather of Soul," died in December 2006 at age 73 after a half-century as one of America's best-selling musical artists. With hits such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud," Brown's pioneering rhythm-and-blues and funk styles influenced countless pop, rock and hip-hop artists.

A screening of a concert film and a panel discussion will kick off the conference from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29. A series of three roundtables will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30, followed by closing remarks by Cornel West, Princeton's Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies.

The conference is open to the public, but due to limited space registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, visit

The conference was organized by Daphne Brooks, associate professor of English and African American studies. It is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, the University Center for Human Values, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Program in American Studies, the Department of Music and the Program in the Study of Women and Gender.

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