At 2:37 into the trailer for the forthcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up, the Hardest Working Man in Show Biz discharges a pump action shotgun into the ceiling. Not being a student of Soul Brother Number One, I don’t recall any such incident. Legally speaking, Mr. Please Please Please shouldn’t have had any trigger time with a firearm; when he was 16-years-old, The Godfather of Soul was convicted of armed robbery and served three years in juvie. In 1988, The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol, which he’d used to shoot-up his wife’s car. No doubt Get On Up will show firearms-related scenes from Mr. Dynamite’s life. A role model for musical genius, but not much else, methinks.

19 Responses to Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: James Brown

    • The post was about a scene in the movie and its accuracy, not about the mouldering body of Mr. Please Please Please himself.

      • He does have a bridge named after him. The James Brown Soul Center of the Universe bridge crosses the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs.

  1. I hope this movie doesn’t disappoint. James Brown was one of the most revolutionary and talented acts of all time.

  2. The shotgun comes into play before his 1988 chase/arrest. All because some dude used his bathroom.

  3. To quote the GFOS: “Can we hit it an’ quit-it?”. Which is like saying; good trigger control leads to less wasted ammo. Think about it. Too big a stretch?

  4. Judging the gun habits of musicians? I don’t get it. Blues? Jazz? Gone.

    James Brown had soul…and was super bad.

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