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City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success [Format Kindle]

Nelson George

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Revue de presse

"Stories of [George's] boyhood moments are funny and downright arresting: his spiritual alignment with Captain America or the pluses and pitfalls of embracing the symbolism of the 1968 message movie 'Planet of the Apes'. You can see the seeds of a media critic being planted, and its fun to watch."
-Los Angeles Times

"In a direct and passionate writing style, George recounts what it was like to be young, black, poor-and driven...City Kid puts the reader at the pulsating fault line of the seismic shakeup of black movies and music in the 1980s and 1990s."

"Swift and authoritative."
-The Onion

"Charming memoir...a front-row seat to New York's shifting dynamics."
-Time Out New York

Présentation de l'éditeur

"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.

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 529 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 248 pages
  • Editeur : Plume; Édition : Reprint (12 février 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B001SK4K3E
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Non activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I Love Music, Any Kind of Music 15 juillet 2009
Par Dera R Williams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Nelson George, music critic, journalist, film writer, novelist and producer has written a memoir, City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success. In it he explains how he came to love the music that became his life's work. Born in 1957 in New York City of parents whose families hailed from Virginia and North Carolina, his love for music came naturally. His mother, Arizona Bacchus was an independent, fun-loving music playing, dancing young woman, who raised her son and daughter, Andrea, after her husband, Nelson Elmer George, abandoned the family. The Samuel J. Tilden projects in Brownsville, Brooklyn was home to George and his family for several years. It was there where his mother gave house parties and played the Soul music of the 50s and 60s on her hi-fi stereo. "Pretty Woman," "Mr. Postman," and various other tunes would entertain George for hours. When his mother's friends came over, he would put on a show in his pajamas dancing his heart out. Mornings the family listened to Soul at Sunrise, a radio music show out of Cleveland, Ohio hosted by DJ Eddie O'Jay, who would later head up the group, the O'Jays. The few times George saw his dad, he was taken to some dive where blues and jazz were playing.

Comic books, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Baldwin occupied bookish George's time. He excelled in English and writing and thought one day he would write the Great American Novel. When he was in his teens, his mother moved them out of the projects to another part of Brooklyn. In his senior year of high school, he worked in an intern program at the Brooklyn Phoenix, a weekly newspaper where he learned to hone the journalism craft. He then attended St. John's University all the while writing for different venues including The Amsterdam News. He also attended parties and nightclubs writing music reviews. Along the way he became friends with the group Run DMC and Russell Simmons, who was a party promoter at the time. He would later move to Los Angeles, where he worked with Quincy Jones, and worked on several screenplays and wrote a number of nonfiction and fiction titles.

But New York is home to George. He has lived all over the city; Queens, Fort Green and other areas and the City is as much a character in the story of his life as the people he met on his journey. George has struggled to maintain a relationship with his father, who was among other things, a small-time drug dealer and he also had a tenuous relationship with his sister, Andrea. Music lovers and those who enjoy reading about the New York entertainment scene will enjoy living vicariously through the eyes of a man who knows music backwards, forwards sideways, and all ways. George gave a great presentation to a room full of people at Marcus Book Store in Oakland this past spring. A nice addition for memoir collectors.

Dera R. Williams
APOOO BookClub
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 aswome 20 mai 2009
Par Kenneth M. Jacobs - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have raed this book befor and I think It is good book about kids who exprese themselfs I am a kid who is also writting a book and it is a good book
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