Becoming Richard Pryor

Becoming Richard Pryor

A major biography—intimate, gripping, revelatory—of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.

Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family’s brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. He took to the stage, originally, to escape the hard-bitten realities of his childhood, but later came to a reverberating discovery: that by plunging into the depths of his experience, he could make stand-up comedy as exhilarating… (more)

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For students of comedy, the history of race relations or the fatally flawed decade of the 1970s, “Becoming Richard Pryor” might be the sharpest image yet of a fearless figure who let his fears show so openly on his impossibly rubbery face.

Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry’s Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start.


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Publisher: Harper (December 09, 2014)

Language: English


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