A few months back I reviewed the James Brown biopic, Get On Up, which was great if you want to hear some good music and see Chadwick Boseman do a fantastic James Brown impression, not so great if you actually want to know anything about James Brown beyond the usual biopic framing devices. But as he did with Lance Armstrong, documentarian Alex Gibney (Gonzo, Taxi To The Dark Side, Catching Hell) is doing the Lord’s work, complementing the James Brown biopic with a James Brown documentary. Mick Jagger was a producer on both. It premieres tonight at 9 pm on HBO.
In addition to interviews with all the heavy hitters, like Jagger, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and… uh… Al Sharpton, the doc will include some rare and never-before-seen James Brown footage provided by his estate.