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Furious cool : Richard Pryor and the world that made him / by David Henry and Joe Henry.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781616200787 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 1616200782 (hbk.)
  • Description: xx, 297 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2013]

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0 current holds with 9 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 920/PRYOR (Text to phone) Available -
Beverly Main NEW PN 2287 .P77 H46 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books PN 2287 P77 H46 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Everett - Parlin Memorial Adult New Books NEW B/P9735f (Text to phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult New Biography NEW BIO PRYOR, RICHARD 2013 (Text to phone) Reshelving -
Melrose New Books (Browsing Room) Biography 792.7028 Pryor Henry (Text to phone) Available -
Reading Adult Nonfiction B PRYOR HEN (Text to phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 792.702/HENRY (Text to phone) Available -
Swampscott Lower Level Bio Pryor, R. (Text to phone) Available -

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Summary: Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new--it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born--his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse--helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, Joe and David Henry bring him to life both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence, as well as an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the influences that shaped both his persona and his art.--Publisher's description.
Henry, Joe. (Added Author).

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