The Afterword Episode 9: The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, by R.J. Smith

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April 12 2012 7:30 AM

The Life and Music of James Brown

An interview with R.J. Smith.

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In his new book The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, R.J. Smith offers a portrait of a man who transformed American music, from his impoverished childhood in the segregated South to his accrual (and loss) of several fortunes. The 30-minute conversation includes discussion of Brown’s mentors, his punishing touring schedule, his business ventures, his trip to Vietnam, his endorsement of Richard Nixon, and his violence.

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The Afterword, which appears in the Slate daily podcast feed every other Thursday, features interviews with the authors of new nonfiction books.

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