James Brown At The Boston Garden; James Brown Speaks to the Crowd at the Boston Garden
On November 22nd 1963 the Boston Symphony Orchestra held its regular Friday afternoon concert. I was 20 in my early 20s. Ron was there. Here is Mr. Leinsdorf. So was WGBH radio the tradition in symphony at that time a conductor really said anything to the audience ladies and gentlemen we have. A press report over the wiles of the president of the United States has been the victim of an assassination. People stood up. Many in the audience began sobbing. We will. Play. The funeral march from. Victorious. That's it for me. And everybody could have left. But. The. Music is a great consoling voice. And as I look back at it in a way what better place to be than a symphony hall. This moment is brought to you by the WGBH archives. Hear more at WGBH dot org slash open vault.
- James Brown At The Boston Garden
- Producing Organization
- WGBH Educational Foundation
- Contributing Organization
- WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
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- Episode Description
- This record is part of the Music section of the Soul of Black Identity special collection.
- Segment Description
- In this segment, recorded in the early moments of the event before video cameras were up and running, Brown addresses the crowd, describing his own rise from poverty in Augusta, Georgia. After paying tribute to Dr. King, Brown thanks Boston mayor Kevin White and reminds the audience that when the concert is over they can go home and watch it again on TV. He then introduces City Councilor Tom Atkins, who also speaks. Atkins begins to introduce the mayor, but is interrupted by Brown, who takes over the introduction and calls Mayor White ?a swingin' cat.?
- Asset type
- Riot control; African American artists; Entertainment events; African American musicians; Atkins, Tom; White, Kevin H.; Musical Performance; King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; assassination; civil rights leaders; Brown, James, 1933-2006
- Media type
Producer: Morash, Russell
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
Supervisory Producer: Atwood, David
Writer: Brown, James
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Identifier: bd7227f14a195ead57a81574919840a4f85bfe0e (ArtesiaDAM UOI_ID)
Format: Digital file
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- Chicago: “James Brown At The Boston Garden; James Brown Speaks to the Crowd at the Boston Garden,” 1968-04-05, WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed December 5, 2023, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-9882j68q57.
- MLA: “James Brown At The Boston Garden; James Brown Speaks to the Crowd at the Boston Garden.” 1968-04-05. WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. December 5, 2023. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-9882j68q57>.
- APA: James Brown At The Boston Garden; James Brown Speaks to the Crowd at the Boston Garden. Boston, MA: WGBH, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-15-9882j68q57