The Resource Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul, James McBride, (electronic resource)

Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul, James McBride, (electronic resource)

Label
Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul
Title
Kill 'em and leave
Title remainder
searching for James Brown and the American soul
Statement of responsibility
James McBride
Title variation
Kill them and leave
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the "real" James Brown after receiving a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth. His surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by Brown's legacy. Kill 'Em and Leave is more than a book about James Brown. Brown's rough-and-tumble life, through McBride's lens, is an unsettling metaphor for American life: the tension between North and South, black and white, rich and poor. McBride's travels take him to forgotten corners of Brown's never-before-revealed history: the country town where Brown's family and thousands of others were displaced by America's largest nuclear power bomb-making facility; a South Carolina field where a long-forgotten cousin recounts, in the dead of night, a fuller history of Brown's sharecropping childhood, which until now has been a mystery. McBride seeks out the American expatriate in England who co-created the James Brown sound, visits the trusted right-hand manager who worked with Brown for forty-one years, and interviews Brown's most influential nonmusical creation, his "adopted son," the Reverend Al Sharpton. He describes the stirring visit of Michael Jackson to the Augusta, Georgia, funeral home where the King of Pop sat up all night with the body of his musical godfather, spends hours talking with Brown's first wife, and lays bare the Dickensian legal contest over James Brown's estate, a fight that has consumed careers; prevented any money from reaching the poor schoolchildren in Georgia and South Carolina, as instructed in his will; cost Brown's estate millions in legal fees; and left James Brown's body to lie for more than eight years in a gilded coffin in his daughter's yard in South Carolina. James McBride is one of the most distinctive and electric literary voices in America today, and part of the pleasure of his narrative is being in his presence, coming to understand Brown through McBride's own insights as a black musician with Southern roots. Kill 'Em and Leave is a song unearthing and celebrating James Brown's great legacy: the cultural landscape of America today. Praise for Kill 'Em and Leave"Thoughtful and probing . . . with great warmth, insight and frequent wit. The results are partisan and enthusiastic, and they helped this listener think about the work in a new way. . . . James McBride's welcome elucidation . . . is clear, deeply felt and unmistakable."--Rick Moody, The New York Times Book Review "[McBride] turns out to also be the biographer of James Brown we've all been waiting for. . . . McBride's true subject is race and poverty in a country that doesn't want to hear about it, unless compelled by a voice that demands to be heard."--Boris Kachka, New York "The definitive look at one of the greatest, most important entertainers, The Godfather, Da Number One Soul Brother, Mr. Please, Please Himself--JAMES BROWN."--Spike Lee "James McBride on James Brown is the matchup we've been waiting for, a musician who came up hard in Brooklyn with JB hooks lodged in his brain, a monster ear for the truth, and the chops to write it."--Gerri Hirshey, author of Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music "An unconventional and fascinating portrait of Soul Brother No. 1 and the significance of his rise and fall in American culture."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition
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technical information on music
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McBride, James
Dewey number
782.421644092
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
ML420.B818
LC item number
M33 2016ab
Literary text for sound recordings
biography
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Dominic Hoffman
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brown, James
  • Soul musicians
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Label
Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul, James McBride, (electronic resource)
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unknown
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spoken word
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spw
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rdacontent
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Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 12 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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not applicable
Isbn
9780147522771
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computer
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rdamedia
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digital.
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64241863-1f8a-487f-8e37-2ee25eec309a
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sound
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(OCoLC)946075072
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Label
Kill 'em and leave : searching for James Brown and the American soul, James McBride, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
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unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (9 hr., 12 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780147522771
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
not applicable
Kind of material
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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digital.
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64241863-1f8a-487f-8e37-2ee25eec309a
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
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sound
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digital recording
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Speed
other
System control number
(OCoLC)946075072
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not applicable
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