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City Kid A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-soul Success (Paperback)

Author:  Nelson George
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0452296048
ISBN-13: 9780452296046
Sku: 211825067
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  248
Age Range:  22 to UP
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In this candid, colorful memoir about a nerd from the Brooklyn projects who makes it big, George illuminates how the pain of life can be turned into thoughtful books and cinema.
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"City Kid is perhaps one of the seven greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It's a must read."-Chris Rock || Nelson George was the nerd of his ghetto neighborhood; the kid who devoured Captain America comics, Ernest Hemingway novels, and album liner notes. City Kid describes how George evolved into an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, becoming a key figure in framing hip hop for the rest of us. The story begins with a fractured family life-an absent father, a struggling single mother, and a sister who falls victim to the streets-but ends in triumph all around. || George overcomes both his own nerdiness, as well as the odds against him, to become a godfather of the hip hop movement-he was there at the beginning, and in City Kid he tells us what it was really like. || Writing with emotion, but without false sentiment, George creates an insightful and inspirational portrait of an emerging success, as well as the triumphant rise of hip hop culture and black artists in the 80s and 90s. ||
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Nelson George has quite a resume: at one point or another he's been a VH1 host, TV director, music critic, columnist, and author, and he also helped launch Spike Lee's career. A creative, smart kid from the Tilden projects in Brooklyn, George found escape and inspiration listening to his mom's LPs and reading (particular faves were Ernest Hemingway and Richard Wright). And coming of age at a particularly vibrant cultural moment--the birth of hip-hop in NYC--George would go on to rub shoulders with the likes of Russell Simmons and Chris Rock. In his engaging memoir, CITY KID, George shares his slow-and-steady success story.
Author Bio
Nelson George
Nelson George is the award-winning author of numerous books on African-American culture, and a regular contributor to the "Village Voice" and "Billboard". He was a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee, and is also a producer and a screenwriter. George has branched out to novel writing, and in 1998 he published "Seduced: The Life and Times of a One-Hit Wonder".

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"Rooted in George's personal experience, this memoir is also a lively look back at historical changes in popular music, film, and writing...His moving family story grounds the book...but it is the wry, sharp, unpretentious cultural analysis that is at the core here..." - Hazel Rochman 02/15/2009

"[A] charming memoir....a front-row seat to New York's shifting dynamics during [the 1970s, '80s, and 90s]....And cameos by [Russell] Simmons, [Spike] Lee and Quincy Jones sparkle in George's crisp prose." - Brian Braiker 04/02/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0248
Product attributePublisher:   Plume Books
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