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

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

James McBride

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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. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST 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 tod

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dominic Hoffman

Length:

9h 1m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:01


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:45


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:00


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:57


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:01


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:11


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:33


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:28


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:25


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:10


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:34


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:34


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:33


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:46


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:46


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:28


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:14


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:06


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:46


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:35