Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

James Brown: Mutha's Nature (Polydor PD-1-6111)

John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 20 October 1977

ELVIS' DEATH exploded the myth of his senescence with the fury of a surprise eruption from a long-dormant volcano. It had been easy to laugh at him in the past few years, easy to laugh and praise him at the same time, as he huffed his way through the ritualized psychodrama he'd developed. But it was impossible to ignore him because he was the King. In retrospect, his presence dominates everything he touched.

Total word count of piece: 391


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.