The Michael Brooks Legacy Project

is creating work that continues the legacy and vision of Michael Brooks

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  • Full access to complete TMBS archive
    • Shows
    • Post games
    • Sunday shows
    • Illicit histories
  • Early access to "The Brief Wondrous Life of Michael Brooks" show coming Spring 2021
  • Membership to Michael Brooks Legacy groups, including:
    • Brooks Books reading group
    • A Michael Brooks Global Travel Guide
  • As a Brooksy, you’ll help sustain and make possible the funding we need to create the more costly and long term Legacy Projects:
    • A documentary about Michael's life and work
    • A transcribed book of Michael’s interviews and monologues
    • The Michael Brooks award for Journalism

Illicit History Doc Producer

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Access to all Brooksy benefits
  • Support the production of Illicit History, Michael’s passion project
  • Have your name listed as a producer as we work to finish the list of Illicit History episodes Michael planned on making

Show Crew

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  • Access to all Illicit History Doc Producer benefits
  • Help shape the Legacy Project! Get an exclusive invitation to quarterly phone conference calls to give your input about the legacy project and all future legacy ideas



About The Michael Brooks Legacy Project

Welcome to the Michael Brooks Legacy Project! Michael connected so many people from around the globe, reminding us of our shared humanity and making us belly laugh at the same time. We want to keep this digital space alive as a home base for all the members of our community. We hope to stay connected and encourage one another to keep learning, growing and being good to ourselves and one another.

We currently have several projects under way to honor Michael’s legacy. These include a documentary film about his life and work, a book of transcripts from his shows and interviews, and a brand new show, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Michael Brooks,” hosted by his sister Lisha. Conversations with friends and collaborators about Michael's life and unfinished work. Your patronage will make all this possible.

As a patron you will have access to the complete TMBS show archive, including the original Illicit Histories, as well as a new series of Illicit Histories that Michael was looking forward to making this year. Jeremy D. Johnson will be hosting a Brooks Books Reading Group and Julia Eccles has a beautiful vision for a Michael Brooks Global Travel Guide we hope to create with all of you.

We are also working with Jacobin to create a Michael Brooks award for left journalism, something we hope will continue long after all of our lifetimes.

We can’t express how grateful we are for the kindness and love we have felt from all of you around the globe. Thank you for giving us the financial support to make these projects come to life.

Below is an excerpt from the first panel discussion of the Michael Brooks Tribute Series. Thanks to Russell Sbriglia, we hope to make this an annual event. This is from Dr. Cornel West’s brilliant conversation with Slavoj Žižek.

"When we (Michael and Cornal)  first met, I said to myself, he’s a fellow blues man, he’s a fellow jazz man, he’s got a soulfulness about him, and that soulfulness is not just the sharing of a soothing sweetness against the backdrop of a sensitivity of catastrophe, but it’s also Socratic, it’s deeply self critical, he’s willing to muster the courage to scrutinize himself…that’s where his sense of the comic comes from, that he doesn’t take himself so seriously that he can’t also open himself up to the ways in which he has been shaped by some of the very things he’s critical of. That’s what it is to be a human being at the deepest level."
- Dr. Cornel West

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