Living in America – James Brown (1985)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, “Living in America” by James Brown. This record was released in 1985, on the Scotti record label and has been reworked into the Manhatten skyline in New York,  America.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of James Brown, Funk and Soul Music, America, New York, or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Living in America
Media Artist/s: James Brown
Record Label: Scotti Brothers
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Funk / Soul

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James Brown – The Artist

James Joseph Brown (1933 – 2006) was an American musician. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music, he is referred to by various honorific nicknames, some of which include “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, “Godfather of Soul”, “Mr. Dynamite”, and “Soul Brother No. 1”. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. During the late 1960s, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music-making, emphasising stripped-down interlocking rhythms that influenced the development of funk music.  By the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of the J.B.s with records such as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” and “The Payback”. He also became noted for songs of social commentary, including the 1968 hit “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Brown continued to perform and record until his death from pneumonia in 2006.

Living in America – The Song

“Living in America”  is a 1985 song composed by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight and performed by James Brown. It was released as a single in 1985 and was an international hit both in the US and the UK. It was his only top 10 single in the UK and It was his first Top 40 hit in ten years on the US pop charts, and it would also be his last. In 1987.  It won various awards. The song was prominently featured in the film Rocky IV. In the film, Brown sings the song during Apollo Creed’s ring entrance, in reference to the character’s patriotic image. It appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack album. A modified version of the song was used in the film Coming to America with the chorus’s lyrics changed to match the film’s title.

New York Skyline- The Shape

This record has been cut into the Manhatten skyline in New York, America. The Silhouette includes the Empire State Building, The Freedom Tower, 432 Park Avenue, The Rockefeller Center, St. Patricks Cathedral and the Chrysler Building (Not too scale).


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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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