I read a lot of biographies of popular artists. Much of the factual stuff I tend to know from Rolling Stone and other media. What was great about this book was it truly dived deeper into the soul: the background, really unknown to me, the exceptional hardships heaped on African Americans in the South (and North). The standard 'touring' stuff, really, is just gossip, isn't it? The deeply personal accounts of the few that were close to the man showed depth. This book made James Brown an epic figure, even more so knowing his life.