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Bettye LaVette covers James Brown at the Hollywood Bowl

by Alex Cohen and Jacob Margolis | Take Two

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Bettye Lavette performs on stage at Bluesfest 2013 - Day 4 on March 31, 2013 in Byron Bay, Australia. Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, the late James Brown will be remembered with a series of covers by artists like Aloe Blacc, D'Angelo and Take Two's guest, Bettye LaVette.

LaVette is a master at interpreting the work of other musicians, with one of her most recent albums Thankful N Thoughtful including covers of artists ranging from Tom Waits to Neil Young to Gnarls Barkley.

Tonight, LaVette performs the songs of James Brown at the Hollywood Bowl, but in her conversation with host Alex Cohen, she talks about how she was disgusted by Brown's behavior while on tour with him, how she became best friends with a woman who kicked in her door and pointed a gun at her, and what she thinks about covering other peoples' work.

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