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Interesting recent article on Alan Leeds in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

https://www.startribune.c...571216472/

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A journalism school dropout, Leeds eventually viewed himself as a historian for [James] Brown. While the boss kept copious records of finances and mental stock of loyalty, he never listed credits for musicians on his recordings. Leeds picked the brains of the various JB players for back information as well as combing through libraries for newspaper clippings, accumulating enough details for a 400-page-plus discography, a project for another day.

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Even though Leeds barely mentions Prince in his Brown book, comparisons are obvious between the two demanding, hardworking, visionary icons who lived in their hometowns.

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“There are definitely similar characteristics,” said Leeds, who moved to Minnesota in 1983 to become Prince’s tour manager. “I think the biggest contrast is offstage, James was a regular guy. He’d throw on a T-shirt and dungarees and drive a pickup around Georgia. Prince feared the public. James saw the entire global public as one huge audience.

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Reply #2 posted 06/27/20 4:44pm

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BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.startribune.c...571216472/

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Some excerpts:

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A journalism school dropout, Leeds eventually viewed himself as a historian for [James] Brown. While the boss kept copious records of finances and mental stock of loyalty, he never listed credits for musicians on his recordings. Leeds picked the brains of the various JB players for back information as well as combing through libraries for newspaper clippings, accumulating enough details for a 400-page-plus discography, a project for another day.

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Even though Leeds barely mentions Prince in his Brown book, comparisons are obvious between the two demanding, hardworking, visionary icons who lived in their hometowns.

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“There are definitely similar characteristics,” said Leeds, who moved to Minnesota in 1983 to become Prince’s tour manager. “I think the biggest contrast is offstage, James was a regular guy. He’d throw on a T-shirt and dungarees and drive a pickup around Georgia. Prince feared the public. James saw the entire global public as one huge audience.

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Good article. Thanks for posting. I hope he decides to write about his time with Prince. His book is one that I would be very excited to read smile

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