James Brown

Photography by Baron Wolman

You would have thought I was about to visit the Oval Office. Security in the San Francisco Civic Auditorium that New Year’s Eve was tight—the bodyguards grew taller and bigger as I made my way toward the inner sanctum. When I was finally admitted into James Brown’s dressing room I was warmly welcomed with food and drink and smiles. Like Jimi Hendrix, the relaxed James backstage was 180-degrees opposite from the James in performance. I knew I would soon be shooting the concert but I also knew I had a brief and singular opportunity to capture the “real” man, if any one photo can do that.


James Brown backstage at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, 31st December 1970.

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Edition: What makes an edition ”limited”? Limited to 150

24" × 20"
Limited to 75
Location: San Francisco, CA
Year: 1970
Format: Black & White
Process: What is an archival pigment print? Archival Pigment
Aspect: Wide

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