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B An Top 100 Book of the Year Street Poison is the first and definitive autobiography of Robert Beck, a.k.a Iceberg Slim, at once one of America s most infamous pimps and history s best selling African American writers Slim became infamous for his ruthless pimping in the 40s and 50s following a stint in solitary confinement, he would reinvent himself as a famous and influential author, writing his multi million copy autobiography, Pimp, along with popular novels such as Trick Baby and Mama Black Widow Iceberg Slim can be found at the foundation of modern black and American culture his life and works have inspired the blaxploitation subgenre, rap and the gangsta rap subgenre, and icons like Ice T, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dave Chappelle, and Jay Z Literature professor Justin Gifford s decade of research into the life of Robert Beck culminates in a colorful and compassionate biography of one of the twentieth century s most influential writers and captivating characters Through interviews with Beck s family and research into archival material such as prison records and FBI files, Gifford explores the sexual abuse and racial violence that transform a young Robert Beck into Iceberg Slim, his cold blooded history as a pimp, his transformative writing, and the subsequent exploitation by publishers that left Beck penniless Now featuring a foreword from Michael Eric Dyson, Slim s story is not for the faint of heart but Gifford tells it without flinching And in doing so, he creates an honest and engaging profile of one of American literature s most unique and largely overlooked figures....

Title : Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim
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ISBN : 151072804X
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Skyhorse Publishing Reprint edition January 2, 2018
Number of Pages : 288 pages
File Size : 865 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim Reviews

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-18 04:02

    The book is a bit generic, but Justin Gifford is an expert on his subject as it is so narrow. The book leaves the reader able to come to his or her own conclusions about Iceberg Slim. A good slice of history, life as a pimp, and the politics of the urban book publishing industry. I was left wanting to know more about the history that came before the "Great Migration" and how the phenomenon of the Black pimp emerged.

  • W.C. Morrow
    2019-01-30 21:09


  • L.L. Soares
    2019-02-10 23:05

    I just wanted to turn you on to a very cool book. Just finished reading STREET POISON: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford. I've always dug Iceberg Slim's books, but aside from knowing he really had been a pimp at one time, I knew very little about his real life. This book does a wonderful job giving an account of his life, from his criminal days and prison stints, up to his unlikely (but terrific) literary career, to his becoming a minor celebrity, to his death. One of the first writers of crime fiction from an African-American point of view, Slim's work was a precursor to everything from blaxploitation films to gangsta rap.

  • The Writer Mo Ibrahim
    2019-02-10 01:44

    The history of racism in Milwaukee, Chicago and LA is particularly very disturbing.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-01-23 23:55

    too much history, not enough about Robert Beck, confusion about his last name, Maupins or Maupin.

  • P. W. Neal
    2019-02-16 02:00

    Brutal, but enlightening and entertaining this was a terrific tale. Great time to read this one,it certainly answers many questions while shining an unflattering light on U.S. inept domestic policies.

  • Terry Burns
    2019-01-26 02:09

    Excellent as is Pimp

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-01-31 20:59