Becoming Richard Pryor

Becoming Richard Pryor

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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 and harrowing as the life he'd known. He brought that trembling vitality to Hollywood, where his movie career--Blazing Saddles, the buddy comedies with Gene Wilder, Blue Collar--flowed directly out of his spirit of creative improvisation. The major studios considered him dangerous. Audiences felt plugged directly into the socket of life.

Becoming Richard Pryor brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s.

Becoming Richard Pryor illuminates an entertainer who, by bringing together the spirits of the black freedom movement and the counterculture, forever altered the DNA of American comedy. It reveals that, while Pryor made himself a legend with his own account of his life onstage, the full truth of that life is more bracing still.

Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062123305
0062123300
Branch Call Number: 792.76028092 Pryor -S
Characteristics: xvi, 586 pages : illustrations

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ChristchurchLib Mar 01, 2015

Drawing extensively on comedian Richard Pryor's inner circle (as well as unpublished journals, screenplay drafts, and court records), this richly detailed biography traces Pryor's evolution as a comedian as well as his troubled relationships and struggles with addiction. Essential reading for fans of the comedian's work, Becoming Richard Pryor also discusses the social and political forces of the 1960s and '70s that shaped Pryor's career and helped him make "an enduring mark on American comedy" (Booklist). Popular Culture newsletter March 2015.

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