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Author James McBride's "Kill 'Em And Leave:Searching for James Brown and the American Soul"

Aug 31, 2016

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National Book Award winner James McBride is out with a new biography of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul seeks to tell the “real” story behind one of the most fascinating and influential figures in the history of American music.

A musician himself, McBride asserts that James Brown is as important in American history as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.

James McBride joins Tom by phone to discuss the journey to finding the man behind the myth.

This originally aired on April 4, 2016.