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Poster for the album Living in America by James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Canvas poster for the album “Living in America” by James Brown. The poster has a white background with a blue border. On the left side of the poster is an American flag. At the bottom left is “LIVIN IN AMERICA” in blue and white lettering. The right side of the poster features a portrait of a young James Brown in profile.

Business contract between Third World Music and Editions Intro Meisel

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An eight page typewritten contract dated July 1, 1984, between Third World Music and Editions Intro Meisel. The contract has seventeen terms and conditions on seven pages. It is signed on page seven by James Brown in black ink. The pages are fastened together with a metal staple.

Leslie speaker cabinet owned by James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A Leslie type 122 speaker cabinet covered in black vinyl and trimmed with silver roping. Red vinyl letters outlined with brass colored metal rivets form the letters “J B” on the front of the speaker. The speaker is on four wheels and is open on the lower back. The speaker is accompanied by vinyl cover.

Advertisement for the record album Hot On the One

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A hanging advertisement for the record album "hot on the one” by James Brown. The advertisement is made up of two record sleeves with a white card with yellow text attached between them. The two sleeves and card are attached with a black strip of fabric. The two sleeves are for the album being advertised. They both feature a color picture of James Brown in profile and have “JAMES BROWN…LIVE” in white text across the top. Below this text is smaller, red text is “HOT ON THE ONE.” The white card hanging between them features a yellow image of James Brown on the right side. Written in yellow and black text is “LE RETOUR DE / ‘JAMES BROWN’ / UNE SERiE DE CONCERTS PRESTiGiEUX.” At the bottom of the card written in black text is “double album live/ HOT ON THE ONE.”

Hammond B-3 organ owned by James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A Hammond B-3 electric organ. The organ is covered in black vinyl and trimmed with silver roping. Stitched on the back of the organ in red vinyl and brass colored metal rivets is "God ~ father." The organ has two keyboards with both preset and manual keys, a folding top and a single foot pedal. Electrical outlets are on the back of the organ at its base.

Poster featuring James Brown in a black suit and bowtie

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A poster with an image of James Brown standing with outstretched arms at center. His hands are turned upward and he is smiling. James Brown is wearing a black bowtie, white shirt, black pants and black shoes. He is standing in front of a light yellow background.

The Payback Part I / Part II

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 45 rpm record of The Payback Part I and The Payback Part II by James Brown. The record label has black text on a red background and the Polydor logo across the top. A depiction of James Brown is also featured on the label.

Handwritten lyrics for "Everybody's Got a Thing" by James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Two pages of handwritten lyrics to the song "Everybody's Got a Thing" written by James Brown on yellow legal paper. The title is written in black ink while the song lyrics and chorus are written in blue ink. Each page has writing only on one side.

Broadside for a James Brown concert in Cologne at the Blue Moon Jazz Festival

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A large broadside advertising a James Brown concert at the Blue moon Jazz festival in Cologne, Germany. The broadside features a color image of James Brown wearing a purple jacket and pants leaning against a concrete block in front of a building. “JAMES BROWN / The Godfather of Soul” is printed in purple text across the top. Below this is the name of the jazz festival and the date the festival occurred written in German. The left side of the broadside has several logos for ticket vendors and event coordinators. Printed in yellow text at the bottom of the broadside is a list of additional acts performing at the festival as well as contact information for the festival organizers.

Poster advertising a James Brown concert at Florida A&M University

National Museum of African American History and Culture
James Brown cardboard style poster, advertising a performance at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee in 1969, made by the Globe Poster Printing Company of Batimore, Maryland.

The Godfather of Soul "Brother James to All"

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color poster of a painting of James Brown. He is wearing a purple shirt and a brown jacket. He is looking upward at a star filled night sky and smiling. The poster has a white border. Written in black text at the bottom of the poster is “The Godfather of SOUL” and “Brother James to All.” The artists signature and copyright information is printed on the bottom right corner of the poster.

Chain of Fools / Prove It

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 45 rpm record of Chain of Fools and Prove It by Aretha Franklin. The record has a black and red label with the Atlantic Records logo across the top.

Broadside for a James Brown concert at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A broadside for a James Brown concert at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. The Broadside features a color image of James Brown singing with his eyes closed. Written in yellow and blue lettering at the top of the broadside is “James Brown.” On the bottom right corner in yellow and white text and blue and white text is “THURSDAY / OCTOBER 21 / 7 PM.” At the bottom left is the Soaring Eagle Casino’s logo. At the bottom center is information on ticketing and hotel packages.

Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me) Part 1 / Part 2

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A 45 rpm record album of Mother Popcorn parts 1 and 2 by James Brown. The record album includes a paper sleeve. The label of the record is red and black label with a bust-length image of James Brown on the left and the King Records logo on the right.

Signed guitar and case owned by James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An Epiphone guitar and a TKL Products Corp. case owned by James Brown. The six-string acoustic guitar is Epiphone model EJ-200NA and has a maple body and a spruce top and neck. The guitar also features gold colored metal hardware and a set maple neck with a crown inlay on a rosewood fingerboard. The serial number of the guitar is Y207183. The guitar is inscribed and signed by several famous individuals in black permanent marker on the front, sides and back of the body. All of the messages are to James Brown and offer praise and thanks. Two of the individuals who signed the guitar are Casey Kasem and Ozzy Osbourne.

The guitar case is black with a black cloth lined interior. The clasp and hinges are made of brass colored metal. The TKL Products Corp. logo is on the outside of the case next to the handle. A logo is also on the inside of the case next to the top hinge where the guitar’s neck would be placed.

Broadside for a James Brown concert in Shanghai

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A broadside advertising a James Brown concert in Shanghai. The broadside is black with blue and white text in both English and Chinese. A color image of James Brown is on the left side of the broadside. He is wearing a green sequined jacket, green pants and a green shirt and singing into a microphone. The text at the top of the broadside says “JAMES / BROWN / Live!” The date and location of the concert is on the right side of the broadside as well as ticketing information. Hotel and promoter logos are on the bottom of the broadside.

Broadside for a James Brown concert at The Showbox

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A broadside advertising a James Brown concert at The Showbox. The broadside is white with a black-and-white image of a young James Brown in profile and black-and-white text. The image of James Brown is on the left side of the poster. The text on the right side of the poster reads “”MODERN PRODUCTIONS / & 1250 KYAC WELCOME / THE ONE AND ONLY / JAMES / BROWN / NOVEMBER 16…” The time ticket price address and name of the venue and multiple locations of where tickets can be purchased are also included. A company logo for Modern Enterprises is in the lower right corner.

Photograph of James Brown sitting in a chair, waving with his left hand

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A color photographic print of James Brown. He is wearing a blue jumpsuit with red trim and sitting down. He has a large pendant on a gold chain around his neck. A towel is on his right knee. His right hand is resting on the towel. His left arm is raised above his head and he is waving.

Broadside advertisement for a James Brown concert at the Nippon Budokan

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A broadside featuring an image of James Brown with Japanese text. James Brown is on the left side of the broadside. He is wearing a silver colored suit with a burgundy shirt. He right arm is raised and he is pointing with his right hand. He is singing and a microphone can be seen next to him. On the bottom left side of broadside written in yellow text over the bottom of the image of James Brown is “Come on JB!” Yellow and white Japanese text is on the right side of the broadside. Several phone numbers for ticketing agencies are listed.

Broadside for a James Brown concert at Lowell Memorial Auditorium

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white broadside for a James Brown concert at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. The broadside has white lettering at top that reads “BIG WORLD PRODUCTIONS presents / LOWELL / MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM / FRIDAY JANUARY 17 / 8:00pm / The Godfather of Soul.” At the center of the broadside is an image of James Brown singing with his eyes closed. He is holding a microphone close to his mouth with his right hand. Written below the image in gray text is “James / BROWN.” At the bottom of the page are telephone numbers for Ticketmaster and the box office. Big World Production’s logo and web address is also at the bottom.

Poster of James Brown

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A white poster with an image James Brown. He is wearing large orange flamed glasses a blue pinstriped jacket and pants with a white shirt underneath. He is also wearing a multicolored scarf around his neck. He is standing with his right leg on the seat of a gold colored metal bench with a blue cushion. His right hand is resting on his right knee. His left hand is holding onto the left side of the bench. Printed in gold cursive lettering below the image is “James Brown.” Printed in black text at the bottom of the page is “THE GODFATHER OF SOUL.”

The Mothership

National Museum of African American History and Culture
"The Mothership" is the centerpiece stage prop used by Clinton and his multiple bands during their live concert performances. This object is a near-exact replica of the slightly larger Mothership that was used exclusively at the closing moments of concerts during the height of the band's popularity from 1976-1981. This replica prop was built from metal, plastic, and glass in the mid 1990s and used on the "Mothership Reconnection Tour".

Chas Wilson - Gap Band - OK City, OK

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A sepia toned digital image of Charlie Wilson wearing white pants, coat and hat. He is standing in a crowd of people looking directly at the camera. Three young boys are on the left side of the photograph. People are sitting on the ground in the foreground. Written beneath the image is “8/7/28/74 – CHAS WILSON – GAP BAND – OK CITY, OK.”

GO Ju Ju Go

National Museum of African American History and Culture
White record cover with color photograph of seven members of the band EU (Experience Unlimited) outside of an abandoned building with an elderly African American man who is sitting on the buildings front steps. Blue and black type on front of record cover reads, [E U/Experience Unlimited/GO Ju Ju GO]. Tracklist includes the following songs, "Go Ju Ju Go", "Shate It Like A White Girl", "Alright Oh NO", "I Got a Little Song", "Hey Hey Hey", "Go Go Trail", "Pump It Up".
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