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

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


作者  /  James McBride

出版社 / Spiegel & Grau

出版日期 / 2016/04/05

商品語言 / 英文

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定價 / NT$665

售價 / 79折, NT$ 525

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美國國家圖書獎贏家詹姆斯‧麥克布萊德深入探討靈魂樂教父詹姆士‧布朗最真實的人生歷程
「精采詮釋這位重量級的天才,他是音樂教父,他是靈魂樂首席,他是詹姆士‧布朗。」─導演史派克‧李
「超越傳統的自傳故事,真實敘述詹姆士‧布朗在美國音樂史的興起與衰退。」─《科克斯書評》

對20世紀流行音樂有至深影響的靈魂樂教父詹姆士‧布朗,不僅在音樂上有極大的貢獻,他獨特的人生也徹底影響美國文化。這本由國國家圖書獎得獎作者詹姆斯‧麥克布萊德所撰寫的傳記,不僅僅是探討詹姆士‧布朗在音樂上的成就,透過布朗混亂及瘋狂的人生,也似乎在隱喻特殊的美國文化:南北對戰、黑人與白人的對立、富人與窮人的對比等。作者深入布朗的人生,挖掘許多從未曝光的神秘過往,包括布朗的家鄉、位於南加州被遺忘的表親、布朗與父母的佃農童年等。專訪布朗最信任及合作超過40年之久的經紀人及布朗的兒子牧師阿爾‧夏普頓。


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 Reviews







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誠品26碼 /2681296717001
ISBN 13 /9780399589423
ISBN 10 /0399589422
EAN /9780399589423

頁數256
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