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James Brown is a master showman and a great storyteller too. But the problem with this autobiography is that he’s only interested in telling stories that make him look heroic, generous, courageous, and unselfish. I don’t doubt he was a good man, but he had plenty of failings and flaws and this book doesn’t even hint at them. It’s a lot less soulful than his music!
I think “perfunctory” (?) maybe is the word to describe this. James is one of the 3 or 4 most important people in the history of American Music, but this just isn’t the most compelling read. I’m sure there’s a great bio of him somewhere. It did make me replay a lot of great JB funk.
Although JB was a lot of things to a lot of folks foremost being The Godfather of Soul, I also like to call him the one who made African Americans believe in themselves mostly for the first time. So I call him the Bearer of Black Pride and Self Esteem too. This book details his life as a preemie who was given up for dead if the midwife didn’t keep trying to get him to breathe on his own. If it wasn’t for her efforts, there would be NO Godfather of Soul. His parents split when he was 4, he grew u