TIR 126: Alan Leeds Shares Stories of Life Led With James Brown & Prince (Parts 1 & 2)

Alan Leeds shown behind his then boss, James Brown.


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 126 (Parts 1 & 2 of 4): Renowned music executive, tour manager and writer Alan Leeds, whose distinguished 50-year career includes working James Brown in the early 1970s and 10 years with Prince from the early 1980s to 1990s. Among the other artists Leeds, whose saxophonist brother Eric Leeds was a leading Prince collaborator, has been involved with are Kool & the Gang, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass, Kiss, Cameo, Mavis Staples, Maxwell and D’Angelo.

He served as president of Prince’s Paisley Park Records label and in 1992 won a Best Album Notes Grammy Award for James Brown’s Star Time, one of many projects to which he has provided his eloquent liner notes. Leeds has a few books to his credit, including the long-anticipated tale of his time with J.B., titled “There Was a Time: James Brown, the Chitlin’ Circuit, and Me,” that is due out on February 25.

Here in a special 4-part TIR series, funk’s most famous tour manager takes you on a riveting journey through a half century’s worth of grooves and moves from artists with something to prove.