The prodigiously gifted bassist Bootsy Collins was a professional player as a teen in the musical hotbed (seriously) that was Cincinnati in the mid to late 1960s. He took the slapping and popping bass style of his hero, Larry Graham (bassist for Sly & the Family Stone), and brought his own low-down outrageousness to it. By 1970 his band was James Brown's backing band, recording and playing with the Godfather of Soul. Collins then joined George Clinton's band Funkadelic and helped them define their over-the-top Acid Funk sound and look. He hit the top of the R&B charts with Bootsy's Rubber Band a number of times in the late '70s. Collins remains a huge international star and a big influence on hip-hop artists, who have sampled his basslines countless times.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIsaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minDirected by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney, and co-produced by Mick Jagger, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical interview footage, and rare archival. Film running time is 120 minutes. Bonus features include an essay by Mick Jagger, 27 minutes of additional interviews, commentary, photo gallery and Soul Train performances.