Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
Spiegal & Grau, $28
Inside Papa’s Brand New Bag
James Brown held a prominent place in my constellation of stars. His music was the soundtrack of my black girl life. My middle-school bestie Brunella and I would scoop up tickets to his concerts at the Cow Palace and savor every moment spent shoulder-to-shoulder in the roaring crowd. The Godfather of Soul was a bad mother (shut your mouth), taut and compact like a bulldozer, his slender physique poured to overflowing into a black-on-black ensemble,...
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