The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar
CD - unabridged
Audio (6 discs)
Product Number: DD7340
Released: Apr 18, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470881276
Narrator/s: Mirron Willis
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The rags-to-riches story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow "Flip" Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as "TV's first black superstar"? Flip is a candid, entertaining biography of a consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin Cook chronicles Flip's meteoric rise through the Chitlin' Circuit of segregated nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show to his hit variety show, on which he created such outrageous and hilarious characters as the sassy Geraldine and flock-fleecing Reverend Leroy. As one of the biggest stars of his time, he performed and partied with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and other stars of the 1970s. Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and celebrities, Cook delivers the inspiring story of a complex man who broke the prime-time color barrier, blazing a trail for generations of African American performers who followed him.

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Author(s): Kevin Cook
Narrator(s): Mirron Willis
Product Number Z100096898
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781481594851
Author(s): Kevin Cook
Product Number EB00384226
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: #9781101606087