When: Wed., April 13, 7 p.m. 2016
Despite being one of the preeminent entertainers in American history, a great deal of James Brown's formative years are shrouded in mystery. People know who he was — the Godfather of Soul — but few knew what drove him. Musician and writer James McBride started off with a tip that could possibly fill in the gaps in Brown's life. The trail led to revelations about Brown's youth spent in the fields as a sharecropper and the small country town that Brown's family lived in until the government forced them — and thousands of other poor black Americans — out to build an atomic bomb making factory. All of this previously unknown history (and more) makes up Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. McBride discusses the book today at 7 p.m at the National Blues Museum (615 Washington Avenue; www.nationalbluesmuseum.org). Admission is free but reservations are required; you can sign up through Left Bank Books' website (www.left-bank.com), and buy a copy of the book from them, too.
Price: free, but reservations required