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    James Brown - House Burning Down?

    I was trawling through some June 1968 Australian newspapers and found an interesting reference to JB's 'Don't Burn, Learn' speech by Lillian Roxon, so I followed it up:

    Wednesday 10 (18) April 1968
    USA
    JET [MLK memorial issue](page 62) ‘Show Biz Stars, Loved King; Raised Funds’ by Chester Higgins:
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    “Singer James Brown Urges Kids: 'Don't Burn, Learn'
    Speaking from the Washington, D. C, police headquarters, former Georgia shoeshine boy now millionaire singer James Brown broadcast an appeal to rioters in the city to "get off the streets and go home. Don't burn. Give the kids a chance to learn. Don't terrorize, organize. This is America and a man can get ahead here," the famous singer pleaded. He had just returned from appearances in the Ivory Coast, West Africa.”

    JB made his ‘Don’t Burn’ plea in DC on the 6th, the day after his famous Boston concert and was reported preceding (week ending so Jet would be on the news-stands around 10 April) Jimi’s “Try to learn instead of burn, hear what I say,” line in ‘House Burning Down’ (Jimi's take on the 'riots') - 1st recording attempt was on 1 May, but was only an instrumental at this point. Just a freaky coincidence? Or a JB quote? This makes it even clearer to me that he was spurred to write this by the ‘riots’ following Dr. King’s murder (some have confused this with the 1965 Watts riots in Los Angeles; Los Angeles was relatively quiet following King’s murder, as was Newark), riots and burning that took place just a couple of weeks prior to Jimi recording this. Of course there is no saying when exactly Jimi wrote this line, but. . .
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    Re: House Burning Down - James Brown?

    Maybe JB had it from Jimi :-))))

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    Re: House Burning Down - James Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ezy Rider View Post
    Maybe JB had it from Jimi :-))))
    Ha-ha-ha. That would still be a bit late. But of course we know that Jimi was not un-aquainted with JB, via Faye Prigon
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    Re: House Burning Down - James Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by stplsd View Post
    Where is the response to my mammoth effort to give Jimi's lyrics a reasoned transcript?
    Very few (thank you guys)
    What is your problem? You think Jimi was just a guitar player or what?-- Apparently
    Have I missed something? What mammoth effort?

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    Re: House Burning Down - James Brown?

    ??

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    Re: House Burning Down - James Brown?

    STPLSD, why not put all your transcriptions in a blog or some other website where people can directly find and appreciate them? They are now hidden in some dark corner of the internet.

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    Re: James Brown - House Burning Down?

    Around the time of Brown's speech and Hendrix's recording, sections of American cities had literally gone up in flames due to race riots. The April 1968 riot in Washington, one of a number of riots in US cities during that same week, continued over a six day period. It was a major event.

    One artiste woudn't have needed to see the work of another to have been aware of their country "burning down". It would have been something which directly touched upon each of their lives individually.

    Interestingly, in 1967 there was a period which came to be known as The Long Hot Summer due to the hundreds of race riots which broke out across American cities....

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    Re: James Brown - House Burning Down?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbagm View Post
    One artiste woudn't have needed to see the work of another to have been aware of their country "burning down".
    Yeah, we know.
    The post was not about that, it was about drawing attention to the similarity of Jimi's line, "Try to learn instead of burn" to JB's televised speech as reported in Jet magazine.
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