Questlove is working on another music documentary after Summer of Soul, this time alongside Mick Jagger. The pair are executive producing a four-part docuseries about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.
Titled James Brown: Say It Loud, the series is being created for A&E and will be directed by Deborah Riley Draper (The Legacy of Black Wall Street). To be released in 2023, the docuseries' release will mark what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday.
Over the course of four hours, it will explore Brown’s legacy via his music catalogue, never-been-seen-before archival footage, and interviews with friends, family, collaborators, and proteges. It will trace his life from a seventh-grade dropout arrested for armed robbery in the Jim Crow-era South to the Godfather of Soul.
Aside from Questlove and Mick Jagger, The Roots frontman Black Thought will also executive produce, among others.
“I am thrilled to be producing the four-part documentary series with A&E delving into the fascinating life of James Brown,” Mick Jagger said in a statement. “He was a brilliant performer who inspired me from the beginning and was deeply committed to the Civil Rights movement. I have always admired James and learned so much from him. I look forward to bringing the series to life.”
Questlove and Black Thought added, “The life of James Brown is significant not only to understand his immense musical impact, which inspires us and other artists to this day, but also for the deep and lasting impression he has had on American culture. Brown’s life is a crucial and timely story of struggle, redemption, and self-identity and we are honored to have the chance to share it.”
James Brown: Say It Loud is the latest doc on Brown after Alex Gibney directed Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown for HBO in 2014. Jagger also served as a producer on that project.
See A&E's official James Brown: Say It Loud announcement below.
From executive producers Mick Jagger, Black Thought & Questlove comes a four-hour James Brown documentary celebrating the entertainment icon’s legacy as a musical force and the immense impact Brown continues to have as a cultural trailblazer. Coming 2023. #JamesBrownDoc pic.twitter.com/CAWusuPogb— A&E (@AETV) February 25, 2022
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Article Image: James Brown singing at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1970. (Tulane University [Available through Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons.)