Lynn Goldsmith – James Brown, Zaire 1974

Artist: © Lynn Goldsmith

Size: 20"x24"

Medium: Archival Digital Print
Numbered and Hand Signed by Lynn Goldsmith

Edition: Limited Edition of 20

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James Brown. I first met him in 1974. He was scheduled to play at a three-day music festival in Zaire to coincide with the heavyweight fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman – The Rumble in the Jungle. I had arranged to fly there on a charter plane with all of the musicians. The equipment for the shows had been rented and sent over separately. James Brown, who was the headliner of the event, insisted on using his own equipment  and that it had to fly with him on the plane. Bill Withers, a great artist in his own right, who was selling more records that James Brown at the time, had once been an aircraft mechanic. He knew it was an overloaded plane and that James Brown was putting everyone at risk. He tried to talk with him. It was no use. The plane was delayed for five hours due to arguments over whether or not the plane could even get up in the air. When we did attempt a takeoff, the plane taxied longer than it should have on the runway, we barely cleared the trees at the end of the runway. – Lynn Goldsmith

Lynn Goldsmith’s imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the permanent collection of Museum Folkwang. She is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rollingstone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. Her subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street.

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