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David Gates in The Night James Brown Saved Boston

The Night James Brown Saved Boston

1968 NR

Rounding up archival performance footage and present-day interviews with those who experienced it firsthand, this film chronicles the remarkable James Brown concert that soothed the nerves of a mourning nation in the wake of unexpected tragedy. Mounted on April 5, 1968 -- the day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis -- the show kept the city of Boston from burning and reminded the world that peace was possible.