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How James Brown Helped a Fledgling Reporter Turn It Loose

ShutterstockJamesBrownThe day before James Brown answered the door at his home in Beech Island, South Carolina in the summer of 2003, reporter Karen Fragala Smith had valiantly rustled up bus fare. From her Huffington Post blog item:

I had withdrawn the last hundred bucks from my checking account and boarded a Greyhound bus for Augusta, Georgia, just over the state line from Beech Island. I was in town to interview James Brown for Newsweek magazine.

Well, sort of. I was an editorial assistant who spent most of my time arranging travel accommodations for the director of the foreign language editions, and making photocopies for an elderly editor who found both the technology of a copy machine and the fact that women in the office weren’t just secretaries anymore, to be equally confounding. I was eager to do something that resembled journalism.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 2

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview (Part 1 here) was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Has MTV impacted in a negative way on talent? There’s a lot of packaging that’s going on now that involves skills other than the ability to sing and write good songs. Is it impacting on new talent as opposed to the old days?

Clark: I wouldn’t blame it all on MTV. I’d blame it on the consolidation of the music business, between five or six nationally owned companies. You’ve got all of these big debts that they’ve got to pay. They’ve got them on a timetable, and that includes videos and personal appearances and promotions and all of that. So some new guy, it makes it very difficult to get launched. That’s the whole thing about what’s wrong with the business these days. It’s tough to break through.

Mitteager:  What would be your best advice to an aspiring artist out there that is in that pickle right now, that have no representation and has some talent?

Clark: I would try to get to one of the cities where people find talent, LA, New York, Nashville, Seattle… Get out there and showcase yourself.

Mitteager: I want to rack your brain about people that got there start on Bandstand, or with you in general and have now become award winners on the American Music Awards.

Clark: New Edition, they debuted on Bandstand.

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KCRW Halloween Masquerade Party Rocks Per Usual


Photo: Jeremiah Garcia

KCRW’s annual Masquerade party has pretty much become the go-to Halloween event of choice here in LA. Despite the origins of the flu, your humble Fishie was in attendance–with the assistance of ample amounts of Red Bull–and he’s happy to report this year did not disappoint.

Like last year, the event was held at the Legendary Park Plaza hotel across from MacArthur Park. Moby, Mariachi El Bronx, Dengue Fever and Milagres all played–and KCRW’s various DJs alternated sets throughout the night on four different stages. Moby’s performance was so crowded they blocked off the door and wouldn’t let anyone else in 30 minutes before he went on. So we missed the set. In lieu of a description, we’ll give you a great photo by Jeremiah Garcia after the jump.

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KCRW ‘Masquerade’ Fundraiser: Our NPR Station Is Way Cooler Than Yours


Photo: Henry Rollins by Jeremiah Garcia

Not sure how the rest of the NPR umbrella is faring in its fundraising efforts in the wake of the Juan Williams fiasco. But here in Los Angeles, our member station KCRW seems to have figured out a nice formula for bringing in the cash — being awesome. KCRW put on its annual Halloween-eve “Masquerade” fundraising party on Saturday. And let’s just say this was not your mid-90s scweddy balls NPR scene.

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James Brown | Jared Kushner | Mr. Rogers Redux? | Ex-Us Weekly Ed Convicted

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  • James Brown: Last Apollo gig loud, proud. [NYT]
  • Jared Kushner: NYO owner plans free paper for NJ. [NYP]
  • Another: Mister Rogers? [NYP]
  • Ex-Us Weekly Editor: Convicted on sex charge. [AP]
  • Studio 60: NBC’s Ishtar. [NYT]

James Brown’s Gold Casket Arrives In New York

apollo_jb.jpgAP: Pallbearers lifted the gold casket carrying “Godfather of Soul” into a horse-drawn carriage on Thursday for a procession through Harlem to the historic Apollo Theater, where thousands of fans waited to pay their respects to the late James Brown.

We assume Al Sharpton was relieved:

“It’s going to be a royal day in Harlem,” the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brown’s close friend, said by cell phone Wednesday as he accompanied the singer’s casket in a van. … “We’re determined to make sure he makes the Apollo,” Sharpton said around 9:30 p.m., shortly after the approximately 12-hour trip began from a Georgia funeral parlor. “He never missed the Apollo. If we ride all night, that’s fine.”

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    Writer Utilizes James Brown 20 All-Time Greatest Hits Tracklisting For Lede

    jb_greatest_hits.jpgHoward Gensler‘s lead from his Philadelphia Daily News article on the controversy surrounding the Brown estate:

    WHILE THE great James Brown is getting on the good foot with God, his longtime partner (when they weren’t fighting), Tomi Rae Hynie, 36, has been literally barred from his home on earth.

    The headline of the Gensler’s gem?: “Brown estate has her bewildered, in a cold sweat.”

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    jb_live_at_apollo.jpgArguably his best albums were recorded there, and tomorrow James Brown‘s body will rest in “soul state” on the stage of the Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street) in Harlem from 1:00PM to 8:00PM for public viewing, Reverend Al Sharpton said yesterday.

    Meanwhile, Spike Lee has signed on to direct a biopic on the Godfather of Soul, Variety reports.

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    Did the “hardest working man in show business” literally “do it to death”?

    That’s one theory being floated by some of James Brown‘s friends and doctors, who say Brown’s Christmas death at the age of 73 is linked to overwork. Via UPI:

    Brown also had recent dental surgery. The dentist who treated him told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had advised Brown to slow his schedule down to heal from the surgery, but Brown insisted on appearing at several upcoming shows.

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