A&E Network has announced that a four-part documentary on James Brown, executive produced by Mick Jagger and Questlove, will be released next year.
The documentary, titled James Brown: Say It Loud, will explore the godfather of soul’s legacy as a musical force, cultural catalyst, and dominant Black creative voice.
Exploring his legacy through interviews with friends, family, collaborators and proteges as well as his music catalog, the documentary also includes never-before-seen archival footage. It will premiere on A&E in 2023 timed to what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday.
The series is directed by Deborah Riley Draper and executive produced by Mick Jagger, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Peter Afterman, David Blackman, Victoria Pearman, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter, Shawn Gee, Zarah Zohlman and Charlie Cohen.
Co-Executive Producers for Polygram are Madeline Post and Robert Komadina. Producer for Inaudible Films is Sarah Haber.
“I am thrilled to be producing the four part documentary series with A&E delving into the fascinating life of James Brown,” said Jagger. “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.”
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