Atlanta History Center Lecture
Apr 11 2016 - 8:00pm
National Book Award winner James McBride goes in search of the “real” James Brown, and his surprising journey illuminates not only our understanding of the Godfather of Soul but the ways in which our cultural heritage has been shaped by the singer’s legacy.
A product of the complicated history of the American South, Brown was a cultural shape-shifter who arguably had the greatest influence on American popular music of any artist. When McBride receives a tip that promises to uncover the man behind the myth, he follows a trail that reveals the personal, musical, and societal influences that created this immensely troubled, misunderstood, and complicated soul genius. In Kill ‘Em and Leave, he uncovers a story that helps to explain Brown’s legacy: the cultural landscape of America today.
James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, and the New York Times bestseller The Color of Water. He also is a saxophonist and composer who teaches music to children in the Red Hook Brooklyn housing projects where he was born, and a New York University journalism professor.
The Livingston Lectures are made possible with generous funding from the Livingston Foundation. (jasbro)