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The Tao of Wu [Format Kindle]

The RZA
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The RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, imparts the lessons he's learned on his journey from the Staten Island projects to international superstardom. A devout student of knowledge in every form in which he's found it, he distills here the wisdom he's acquired into seven "pillars," each based on a formative event in his life-from the moment he first heard the call of hip-hop to the death of his cousin and Clan- mate, Russell Jones, aka ODB. Delivered in RZA's unmistakable style, at once surprising, profound, and provocative, The Tao of Wu is a spiritual memoir the world has never seen before, and will never see again. A nonfiction Siddhartha for the hip-hop generation from the author of The Wu-Tang Manual, it will enlighten, entertain, and inspire.


Biographie de l'auteur

The RZA is most famous as the founder and leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, the platinum-selling hip-hop group that is widely considered one of the most important of all time, and has also spanned multiplatinum solo careers for many of its members, including RZA. Originally from Staten Island, he is currently based in Los Angeles, where he has continued his music career while successfully branching out into lecturing, television, and film.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un très bon livre 30 avril 2014
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J'ai adorer ce livre, une belle combinaison entre le kung-fu, les échecs et le rap ! RZA the best !!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sharp like Wu songs 6 janvier 2014
Par Labor
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RZA is a sharp writer. He provides here an authentic and honest testimony.
A must for anyone interested in the Wu Tang Clan.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 génial 18 février 2013
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Excellent livre pour les fans ou non du Wu Tang Clan, qui explique les motivations, les origines du groupe, et raconte avec beaucoup de détails la vie de RZA et sa vision du monde.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jewels from the Socrates of Hip Hop 16 octobre 2009
Par Ivan Rott - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Originally posted on my blog, Hip Hop Is Read (Oct. 13, 2009):

On "Uzi (Pinky Ring)" from the Iron Flag album, The RZA said something about a "Wu Library". Was this what he had in mind?

Behind the allure of their esoteric lyricism and imagery, there's vast depth behind the Wu-Tang Clan's interest in kung fu films, chess and comic books, as well as their ties to the Five-Percent Nation, Eastern philosophy and the boroughs of New York from which they hail. There's nothing kitschy about these now hipster-standard cultural elements that were once an avant-garde, new angle to the hip hop world and, especially, mainstream America. If textbook rules applied, the Wu-Tang Clan would have either dissolved into the depths of underground obscurity or retooled their image to satisfy commercial norms. Through The RZA's vision, however, the Clan held steadfast to their distinctiveness and stormed through the industry with a divide and conquer strategy.

RZA's new book, The Tao of Wu, discusses the various steps and influences that paved his road to success (in music and in life), the roadblocks that tested his discipline, and the jewels of knowledge he's gathered along the way. Loaded with the terminology and precepts of The Universal Language, The Tao of Wu is definitely intended for Wu-Tang fans and folks familiar with the concepts of the Five-Percenters; but anybody with an interest in music and the game of life, eccentric as RZA's story may seem, can glean much from The Tao of Wu.

As the book's jacket suggests, The Tao of Wu bares resemblance to Hermann Hesse's cult classic Siddhartha. RZA's tales, much like those of the young Siddhartha, are framed as a coming of age story with key parables and glimpses of enlightenment. RZA's narrative, of course, is nonfictional; thus The Tao of Wu is part Wu-Tang fact book and, mostly, part memoir. RZA retraces the roots that led him to music and philosophy all the way back to his early years. It was his days as a child in North Carolina after all - with his Mother Goose rhyme-reciting uncle Hollis - that cultivated the inspiration behind the Gravediggaz and 6 Feet Deep.

Even the most well-versed of Wu-Tang fans will appreciate The Tao of Wu's trove of never-before-told tales. RZA digs deep into Supreme Mathematics and the sutras of Buddhist scripture, establishing his pillars of wisdom; he equates the historic destruction of the Shaolin monastery with the 1996 flood that wrecked his 36 Chambers studio in Staten Island (a.k.a. Shaolin), an incident that caused Ghostface's Iron Man album to sound different from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Liquid Swords (a fact that never occurred to me until I read this book); he recounts both the weapons charge case he faced and Method Man's near-death experience, both of which could have easily wiped out the Wu-Tang Clan from existence; he picks out various hip hop phrases like "get in where you fit in" and "it's all good" and traces their Buddhist origins (seriously). RZA even cites Malcolm Gladwell's `10,000 Hour Rule', the point at which mastery in any field is presumably attained, and identifies the moment when he reached this peak in his quest to perfect his production skills.

The Wu-Tang Manual, The RZA's previous book and first in this series of Wu-literature, was a valuable collection of facts - a primer on the foundation of the Clan. The Tao of Wu, however, goes deeper into the brain of The RZA and as such is a more absorbing reading experience. If you liked The Wu-Tang Manual, you'll really enjoy The RZA's follow-up. (Even Cornel West gives it a thumbs-up!) The Tao of Wu is written in a conversational style that's both easy to digest but difficult to put down. It's a light read, but the more spiritual-based aspects of the book may take you some time to reflect. The section on Ol' Dirty Bastard's passing was particularly stirring. In reading The Tao of Wu, I gained a better appreciation for RZA's work - specifically the depth of his lyricism. And if you ever had a doubt as to why The RZA, aside from being the Wu-Tang Clan's chief producer, is heralded as the group's leader, The Tao of Wu will make that unmistakably clear. I highly recommend The Tao of Wu to Wu-Tang fans and the uninitiated alike. Bong, bong!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Proteck ya neck 19 octobre 2009
Par E lo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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RZA...
What can you say about the zig zag ziggala. One of the all time great minds in hop-hop. One thing that really sets him apart he never hesitates to state his business and mind. Even when what he has done was not "in style" he makes people rethink what in style is. He is always on another plane. It will be a while before any MC in hip-hop could put down some text like this. MC's and producers on his level are so so rare. Think how empty hip-hop is today. You could break down 97% of rappers flows in a paragraph. You can fill volumes with the science of the Wu. This book sheds light on concepts, ideas, and the background of the Wu that any fan will appreciate. People that think rap has no redeeming value this book would be an eye opener. I thought I was a die hard Wu fan but I was learning new things on almost every page. A must have for anyone from true to the wu or new to the wu. This will change more then how you think about hip hop. R.I.P. ODB
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 the RZA shines in all formats 7 mars 2010
Par Miguel - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been an avid fan of the RZA and his compadres in the Wu Tang Clan for about fifteen years and he has never ceased to impress me both with his creativity and unique insight, an insight he has gained by living through hard years and a vision he has possessed since his early days. This book is a spoken version of his raps throughout his career. For those who are not huge rap fans and have a bit of a hard time with the intensity that comes across on Wu Tang albums this book serves as a comparable alternative. It reads in a way that makes you imagine you are sitting in a coffee shop with the RZA and asking him what makes up the essence of his being, as well as what inspired him and his peeps to create the awesome material that they have been putting on vinyl for almost two decades. He comes across as a very accessible, modest and friendly personalty and has the ability to relate on a very basic human level. He successfully fuses African American with East Asian, whether in the realm of life, death, mystic concepts, or pop culture references. He is also distinctly American in the sense that he embodies one of our greatest qualities, that of molding various cultures together to form a new cultural hybrid. I sincerely hope I get the opportunity to chat with him one day and strongly recommend this book to people of all walks of life.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 RZA is a cool guy, not an author 15 janvier 2011
Par Biscuit Face - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I was really, really excited to get this book after seeing all the positive reviews. But unfortunately, there's very, very little of value contained inside.

The book spends a whole lot more time telling you how awesome RZA is (which we already know to be true, no?), and very little time attempting to actually impart any wisdom on the reader. The book gives vague references to lessons, or to Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom and their relation to Food, Shelter and Clothing but it never ties them together in any coherent way. The book is basically a vehicle for the RZA to tell how he came from difficult beginnings to be a megastar. Which is a good motivator, and a positive example to be sure... but the book takes itself so seriously and comes off with such an amount of pseudo-intellectual ego that it's kind of embarrassing.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Memoirs From A Wu Tang General 13 mai 2011
Par Ashley M. Blanchard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was a fast and entertaining read from front to back. There were many stories told that made my eyes get large in certain areas. One story that jumped out was when Method Man was about to walk into this building until the RZA called his name to talk to him about forming the Wu Tang Clan. Just seconds after being called over, shots are fired within the building that Method Man was about to walk into. Unfortunately, a good hearted man that RZA and Meth knew was killed in that spot, during the shooting. RZA goes on to say that Method Man thanked RZA for saving his life. Stories like this are scattered throughout the book along with countless jewels of wisdom. The book is a nice pre-cursor to various forms of culture and religious ideals, however, to get a better understanding you may want to research them in more depth that the book can't provide. This book is certainly worth seeking out!
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I advise everyone to find an island in this life. Find a place where this culture cant take energy from you, sap your will and originality. Since anything physical can be mental, that island can be your home. Turn off the electromagnetic waves being forced upon you, the countless invisible forces coming at you all the time. &quote;
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