Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

by James Mcbride



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A Product Of The Complicated History Of The American South, James Brown Was A Cultural Shape-shifter Who Arguably Had The Greatest Influence Of Any Artist On American Popular Music. Brown Was Long A Figure Of Fascination For James Mcbride, A Noted Professional Musician As Well As A Writer. When He Received A Tip That Promised To Uncover The Man Behind The Myth, Mcbride Set Off To Follow A Trail To Better Understand The Personal, Musical, And Societal Influences That Created This Immensely Troubled, Misunderstood, And Complicated Soul Genius.--flyleaf., 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.