Street Poison

The Biography of Iceberg Slim
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Product Number: Z100015068
Released: Aug 04, 2015
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ISBN: #9781622317660
Narrator/s: J.D. Jackson
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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The first and definitive biography of one of America's bestselling, notorious, and influential writers of the twentieth century: Iceberg Slim, ne Robert Beck, author of the multimillion-copy memoir Pimp and such equally popular novels as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow. For a career as a, yes, ruthless pimp in the '40s and '50s, Iceberg Slim refashioned himself as the first and still the greatest of "street lit" masters, whose vivid books have made him an icon to such rappers as Ice-T, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg and a presiding spirit of "blaxploitation" culture. You can't understand contemporary black (and even American) culture without reckoning with Iceberg Slim and his many acolytes and imitators. Literature professor Justin Gifford has been researching the life work of Robert Beck for a decade, culminating in Street Poison, a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the most complicated figures in the twentieth-century literature. Drawing on a wealth of archival material-including FBI files, prison records, and interviews with Beck, his wife, and his daughters-Gifford explores the sexual trauma and racial violence Beck endured that led to his reinvention as Iceberg Slim, one of America's most infamous pimps of the 1940s and '50s. From pimping his profoundly influential confessional autobiography, Pimp, to his involvement in radical politics, Gifford's biography illuminates the life and works of one of American literature's most unique renegades. 

Author(s): Justin Gifford
Original Publish Date: Aug 04, 2015


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Street Poison
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Product Number:Z100015068

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Author(s): Justin Gifford
Narrator(s): J.D. Jackson
Product Number DD16455
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HighBridge Company
ISBN: #9781622317653
Author(s): Justin Gifford
Product Number EB00588305
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: #9780385538381

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"Narrator JD Jackson's performance gives this literary biography of Robert Beck warmth and animation. Better known by his pen name, Iceberg Slim, Beck wrote the foundational novels of street lit 50 years ago. Gifford, a scholar of street and pulp literature, provides an analytical and sympathetic biography of Beck from boy to man, pimp to prisoner, to increasingly insightful author. Beck's first novels, written from personal experience, feature black pimps and thugs as underdogs against racist white cops; his later works show a wider range of themes. Jackson clearly delineates with both pacing and inflection the passages Gifford quotes from Beck. Gifford and Jackson pair well to realize Beck's complex humanity and help listeners understand why he remains the recipient of homage in both street lit and rap. F.M.R.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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