Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
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Author(s): James McBride,
ISBN-10: 0812993500
ISBN-13: 9780812993509
Published: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 1st edition
Pages: 256
Biographies & Memoirs

McBride shows that Brown’s rough-and-tumble life is an unsettling metaphor for American life: the tension between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. From the forgotten corners of the country town where Brown’s family was among those displaced by America’s largest nuclear power bomb-making facility to the Augusta, Georgia, funeral home where the Michael Jackson sat up all night with the body of his musical godfather, you’ll come to understand Brown through McBride’s own insights as a black musician with Southern roots.

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