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Dark Story of Eminem [Paperback]

Nick Hasted
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7 Feb 2005
An updated edition of the best-selling in-depth biography of the world's most popular rapper! Nick Hasted's ground-breaking book traces Marshall Mather's rise to fame from the schools and workplaces of his native Detroit to global superstardom. From the depths of being a suicidal no-hoper through the redemptive alias of Slim Shady to eventual triumph as an unlikely rap star, Eminem's dark story is unflinchingly presented in this wide-ranging book. The author lays bare Eminem's relationships with his much-hated mother, his teenage soul-mate Kim Scott, black producer Dr Dre and The Bass Brothers who guided and inspired him from the age of fourteen. He explores Eminem's impact on other stars such as The Pet Shop Boys and Tori Amos and his debut as a film star in the autobiographical, Oscar winning 8 Mile. This new edition comes right up to date, analysing the huge success of Eminem's label Shady Records and his protege 50 Cent, as well as the claims of racism recently levelled at Eminem, after the discovery of a tape of a racist rap he recorded as a teenager.

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844497267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844497263
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A serious and even handed account.' Q 'Gives us a good insight into his anger' Boy George for The Daily Express

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Nick Hasted writes on music, movies, books and comics for The Independent, The Guardian and Uncut magazine. He lives in South London.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eminem - Book Review 13 Jun 2003
By A Customer
After Reading this book i was very suprised, as i am a big fan of eminem i thought that a lot of the information that the book had to offer wouldn't be anything new to me. But the author spent a huge amount of time writing this book so they could go into great detail and be sure to cover everything. The book starts of telling the story of eminems up bringings right the way to his film debut. If your an eminem fan and want to learn more about him or a big fan like me be sure to purchase this book. i would also say that if your not a huge fan of this artist, but curious of his journey to superstardom then make this your next book that you purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving insight into a complex man 21 Aug 2012
By Melissa
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I almost never read biographies, but something about Eminem made me want to know more. His public image as Slim Shady often incites anger and promotes the idea that he is without any moral compass - and yet in many interviews he comes across as a soft-spoken, intelligent, and honest man that is quite at odds with that public image.

This book is sympathetically yet even-handedly written: Nick Hasted is the first to admit those times that his subject overstepped the mark, and yet manages to show us the damage - partly caused by we, the public, in our often-invasive want for celebrity gossip - that has made Marshall Mathers into the man he is. I was honestly moved by the accounts of his early life, and later his life in the goldfish bowl, and came away with the impression that this was the story of a mostly good man turned borderline insane by the crazy media-led society we live in.

The middle portions of the book, detailing his many legal battles, home troubles, criminal convictions and inflamatory lyrics may turn many off him - I admit even I found some things distasteful, as I have some of his music, and I'm largely unshockable - but the latter chapters make up for that by showing us how those things can be overcome. Nick Hasted cleverly refuses to shy away from the more unsavoury parts of Em's story while somehow helping us to understand how culture, poverty, and issues of identity may have contributed to its happening.

Eminem's battle with prescription drugs, alcohol, and lethargy ultimately make for inspiring reading, as he comes out the other side to one of the most impressive comebacks in recent music history. Listening to Recovery and its uplifting messages of re-birth and renewal, it's hard to believe just how far he's come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Story of Eminem 13 May 2003
By A Customer
I found it to be top notch reading. It tells you about the Marshall Mathers childhood right through to his stardom today as Eminem. I couldn't put the book down. Simply a must for any Eminem fan. 5 star quality!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eminem..... 23 Mar 2006
By Jim
This book is not what you would think. Its not written on behalf of Eminem, instead its such that a 3rd person is looking over his life. Therefore showing posative and negative parts of his life and revealing any contrevercy surrounding him (e.g. his age).
The book is about Marshall's upbringing and his rise from rages to riches. It details about his upbringing and the facts surrounding his past and present.
As soon as i picked up this book i couldnt put it down (I read very very little normally). You simply want to read on & on about it as a matter of interest.
This book often critises Eminem yet also compliments the struggle in his life. I would highly reccomend this book, if you want to know about Marshall Mathers or simply just want more factual information about the Hip Hop industry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book 6 Nov 2013
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Biographies are sometimes more objective than autobiographies and I think this book is honest although it relies heavily on the MTv documentary Marshall did in his junior years. The writer fuses his record releases and personality traits/ experiences at that time very well, so was a very nice read. The more I read about rap stars I realize they're very different to their portrayal by media bosses- Marshall was hard working, didn't complain about his crap job to his boss or coworkers and worked without incident, but at home he unleashed it all on paper, very impressive that he lived local for as long as he could and still visited his old work colleagues.
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