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James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden, 1968 (1968)

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5 April 1968 (USA)  »

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This concert took place the night after Martin Luther King was assassinated. Riots erupted in major cities across the United States and racial tensions had already been high in Boston. The mayor of Boston wanted to cancel the scheduled concert fearing a riot. But Boston City Councilmember Tom Atkins, the only African-American on the council, convinced the mayor that canceling it would cause a riot. They decided to have it televised live to help keep peace in the city and urged people to stay home to watch the concert. There was no rioting in Boston that night. See more »

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Featured in The Night James Brown Saved Boston (2008) See more »

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More historic document than concert film
3 July 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

While I'm not the world's biggest James Brown fan, this concert, off a rough B+W live broadcast for television has a good share of amazing moments.

It took place the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and cities across the US were in flames.

In an attempt to keep Boston calm, the mayor has Brown's concert broadcast live, and then re- run through the night. It worked.

As for the concert, Brown is certainly a terrific performer, and the more bluesy numbers are great by my taste.

But also fascinating is the danger in the air, which almost comes to explosion when fans start climbing on the stage. A very interesting historical document.


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