Godless in Tumourville: Christopher Hitchens interview - Telegraph
A daughter of the late Godfather of Soul James Brown has died at Venisha, whose mother was singer Yvonne Fair, was remembered by. Yvonne Fair (October 21, – March 6, ) was an American singer, best known for her , and the Imperials in Fair had two children: Leroy Fair Jr. and (with James Brown) Venisha Brown. Demise. Yvonne Fair died at the age of 51, from undisclosed causes in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 6, One of the persistent themes of James Brown's music was the assertion of . Vicki Anderson, Lyn Collins (–), Yvonne Fair (–94), Martha of black women's individual and collective struggles in relationships with men .. Starting with “Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)” (King.
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His father Joe did have a gambling addiction and was away from home for long periods, eventually enlisting in the Navy although not until James was older. Like in the movie, James went to live with his aunt, referred to as Aunt Honey real name Hansone Washingtonwho ran a brothel. His mother Susie's abandonment was likely less willful than the movie portrays. Friends say that she left because Brown's father had tried to kill her.
The movie echoes this somewhat in the scene where Joe threatens her with a gun in real life he is rumored to have tried to push her out of a window.
Contrary to the movie, city records indicate that Susie lived with her son for periods of time as James grew up. Like in the movie, the autobiography James Brown: The Godfather of Soul supports the scene where a young James Brown is paid a dollar to exchange punches with other black boys. They were blindfolded with one hand tied behind their backs. A boxing glove was placed on the free hand, and they swung wildly trying to hit one another. According to Brown, these events were known as battle royals and were held for the comedic entertainment of the white audience.
Did the real James Brown go to prison at age 15? The Get On Up true story reveals that a year-old James Brown was arrested for stealing clothes from parked cars that he had broken into. This contradicts the movie a bit, which finds him stealing a single suit. In reality, he was charged with four counts of breaking and entering and larceny from an automobile.
After turning 16, he was tried as an adult and sentenced to three years in a juvenile detention institution.
Having been a member of his church choir prior to his arrest, Brown organized and led the prison gospel choir. James met Bobby Byrd as a teenager while he was serving time in the juvenile detention institution. Byrd performed at the institution with his family's gospel group.
However, Brown and Byrd actually met during a baseball game between the inmates and local members of the community. The two became friends and Bobby Byrd's family eventually helped to secure Brown's release, with the promise that they would take him in and get him a job.
In addition, they put on shows at local auditoriums. Their first single, " Please, Please, Please ," reached No. Though it is not shown in the movie, Sarah was also a member of the Gospel Starlighters.
Did Little Richard really persuade James Brown's group to make a demo record? Little Richard, who Brown admired, put them in contact with his manager, Clint Brantley, who agreed to manage them and made plans for them to record a demo at a local radio station. Did several members of the group really quite because James Brown was given top billing? Did James Brown really finance his Live at the Apollo album himself?
The Get On Up true story confirms that King Records, believing that there was no commercial potential in a live album, refused to finance it. So, Brown paid for it himself and the album went on to sell a million copies, landing at Number Two in The Live at the Apollo album remained on the pop chart for 14 months, an unprecedented feat for a black music album at the time. This scene was most likely made-up for dramatic effect.
In reality, James Brown's then-wife Velma Warren tracked down his mother Susie in Brooklyn in the mids and revived their relationship.
Like in the movie, he made his bandmates a few of whom were longtime friends call him "Mr. The real Maceo Parker and James Brown perform together top. Did the plane James Brown was on really almost get shot down while flying over Vietnam? We found no evidence supporting the movie's depiction of the transport plane James Brown was on being nearly shot down when he was flying into Vietnam. That's not to say that they were never in danger. So we laid down. We were very obedient cause we didn't want to get shot.
And I think he felt comfortable if he had at least a stick, to fight in case somebody came, and he said, 'I must have a stick to protect myself. A few weeks after his diagnosis he was asked if he would like to be a guinea pig in the new science of genome sequencing as a possible cure for cancer.
Samples were taken from healthy tissue and from his tumour and on each of them six billion DNA matches were run, in order to catalogue any mutations found in the cancerous cells.
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He was warned to have no expectations. But in the New Year came the good news that there is a genetic mutation expressed by the tumour for which there already exists a drug.
Having been on varying types and doses of chemotherapy, he is now on a regime of one chemo pill a day. He is also an evangelical Christian, the author of a bestselling book, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. He and Hitchens had actually debated religion publicly before Hitchens fell ill, and have become good friends.
A sort of thanks, but no thanks. There have been various studies, he says, on whether or not intercessionary prayer works.
True up to a point, Hitchens says. Several Christians have made attempts to make him reconsider his views in light of his illness. They tried it on me. Only three weeks to live? It is not a term he likes; nor, his friend the novelist Ian McEwan says, is it true: In his public debates he oscillates between raffish charm and a finely measured line in contempt. Hitch is an invigorating and supremely entertaining read, charting his development as a journalist and polemicist, his travels to Cuba, South America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
It is also beautifully written.Yvonne Fair - It Should Have Been Me
Hitchens once said that 'I have tried for much of my life to write as if I was composing my sentences to be read posthumously. It deals more with the development of his intellectual than his emotional life. His first marriage, to Eleni Meleagrou, a lawyer, is not mentioned; his present one hardly at all.
The casual reader could be forgiven for thinking that his greatest love affairs have been with his friends the poet and critic James Fenton and, in particular, the novelist Martin Amis.
He is most revealing about his lower-middle-class background, and his vexed relationship with his father, Eric, a Royal Navy officer, and his adoring one with his mother, Yvonne. She was clearly the animating force in his childhood — a chic, spirited and socially ambitious woman who was determined that Hitchens should get on in the world.
One of his earliest memories is of sitting at the top of the stairs in his pyjamas, eavesdropping on a heated conversation between his parents over school fees, with his mother saying, 'If there is going to be an upper class in this country, then Christopher is going to be in it.
Pessimistic, unlucky, badly treated by the Navy. He was trying to stop her leaving. And it did make her pause for a bit. Through the s and 80s he carried his arguments and his reporting from the hand-printed broadsheets of the revolutionary Left to the New Statesman and later to the liberal American weekly The Nation.
And one thing is its utopianism, where people would not just be better or improved but so to speak renovated, made new. We will win and they will lose. It was state-supported mass murder, using civilians as missiles. He still sees Islamic fundamentalism as the embodiment of the two things he most loathes — a kind of nadir of the worst iniquities of religious belief and an ideology that is essentially fascist.
They deny themselves the talents of half the population. They believe that things like diseases and earthquakes are punishments. They have no self-criticism, so when things go wrong they have to look for the source in a Jewish-Crusader conspiracy, which is why they export their surplus young people to take their violence elsewhere. It was a subject that, in a way, he had been waiting to write about all his life.
He remembers arriving for the first, with a local Baptist minister in North Carolina.
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Talking with Hitchens about this, you sense not only an anger with the institutions, teaching and practices of religion, but also an exasperation and bemusement with the very fact of belief. When he was on the Left, he says, he was good at debating with Tories because his family were Tory: He recognises that the Church has a place for social ritual — and that sometimes you have to go with the flow.
And he was petrified of death. A permanent, invigilated, regulated dictatorship which you are told is for your own good. But he approaches the matter elliptically.
The philosopher David Hume, he says, said you are not afraid of the time before you were born when there was nothingness, so why should you be any more concerned afterwards?