Episode #12 | 6.26.18

James Brown: Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag… of Meth

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What happens when the hardest working man in show business takes a break? Idle hands are indeed the devil’s workshop. This episode will detail James Brown’s scorching career as well as the scorching high speed chase he led cops on that led to his arrest and jail sentencing for drugs and firearms.


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Rolling Stone: James Brown, Wrestling With The Devil

Washington Post: FBI Recounts James Brown's Side of '88 Police Chase

Time: James Brown, The Hardest-Working, Fastest-Driving Man in Show Business

New York Times: Singer, James Brown Receives 6-Year Sentence in Car Chase

The Chitlin Circuit and the Road To Rock N Roll by Preston Lauterbach

Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul by James McBride

The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

Get On Up

Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.


Score by Jake Brennan.

Mixed and Engineered by Sean Cahalin.

Disgraceland theme song, "Crenshaw Space Boogie" written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Bryce Kanzer, Jay Cannava and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor.

This episode featured the songs, "She's Into Black Guys" and "Juvenile Delinquent" written performed and produced by Bodega Girls with Adam Taylor and Paul Q. Kolderie. 

*illustration by Avi Spivak @avispivak