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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Dreams; 1st edition (29 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954135512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954135515
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very complex personality becomes more revealing in Ian Whitaker's engrossing ICEBERG SLIM: THE LOST INTERVIEWS. A must read about an era, a culture, an icon of his time. --Bentley Morriss, Holloway House, Los Angeles

Ian Whitaker's book, Iceberg Slim: the Lost Interviews, is a very fine piece of work, seamlessly stitched, provocative and informative. Whitaker uses stories about Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck, and interviews, to give us a multi-faceted look at this cultural icon. No judgments are passed, no preaching done, no attempts made to create a devil or a saint. Iceberg Slim, the Lost Interviews makes for a fascinating read. Sensational. --Odie Hawkins, author, Los Angeles

Everyone who's read Pimp has a dream that if only they could sit and talk until sunrise with Iceberg... and it would be one of the most fascinating and informative conversations you could ever have. This book is that dream come true! Lost Interviews With The Pimp is the best book I have read this year. --Paradise, author of Space Age Pimping, London

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve B on 5 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
A lot of research and passion has obviously been put into this book, obtaining these valuable and detailed lost interviews with Iceberg Slim. And photos.

Iceberg is almost a mythical figure in the street subculture, but here the facts are laid bare and the truth is more amazing than fiction. As a huge fan of the book Pimp, this is a great book to then go on to read!

His unmistakable dark and vidid storytelling ability and sharp, deep, explicit observations that made the book Pimp The Story Of My Life one of the best books ever written are evident here to, so it was a pleasure to read - more than once - so it's well worth the money. It's also a book that you can dip into. You can flip to any page and be engrossed and fascinated all over again.

It's also a book with intellectual, thought-provoking content beyond that of just pimp-talk and discusses other issues such as an overview of life and dealing with traumatic events, philosphy, but Iceberg Slim answers questions in the book like...

Why does a whore stick with a pimp when he is cruel and takes all her money?

What attraction does a pimp have for a woman?

What do you think jealousy is?

What is "The book" the unwritten code of pimping handed down by word of mouth?

How the techniques of good pimping apply to all women.

How the average man should pursue and keep a woman.

Protocol on running a stable of several women and putting them down in the street.

What psychology books did you read?

How do you analyze and evaluate a girl?

If the pimp and heroin addict in him are really dead?

What is the greatest threat to a pimp?

The good and bad differences between modern day and older pimping?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrJoshua on 5 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Ian Whittaker skilfully presents the interviews to give a fascinating insight into the life of Iceberg Slim.

Interspersed by rare photographs and tales of real life encounters, this collection is a must-have addition to any fan of Iceberg or the pimping genre.

This book not only details Iceberg's pimping career, but goes into considerable detail regarding the more human side of this incredible character.

Easy to read, well put together and thoroughly researched. Highly recommended!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Buy! 5 Mar. 2010
By Steve B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A lot of research and passion has obviously been put into this book, obtaining these valuable and detailed lost interviews with Iceberg Slim. And photos.

Iceberg is almost a mythical figure in the street subculture, but here the facts are laid bare and the truth is more amazing than fiction. As a huge fan of the book Pimp, this is a great book to then go on to read!

His unmistakable dark and vidid storytelling ability and sharp, deep, explicit observations that made the book Pimp The Story Of My Life one of the best books ever written are evident here to, so it was a pleasure to read - more than once - so it's well worth the money. It's also a book that you can dip into. You can flip to any page and be engrossed and fascinated all over again.

It's also a book with intellectual, thought-provoking content beyond that of just pimp-talk and discusses other issues such as an overview of life and dealing with traumatic events, philosphy, but Iceberg Slim answers questions in the book like...

Why does a whore stick with a pimp when he is cruel and takes all her money?

What attraction does a pimp have for a woman?

What do you think jealousy is?

What is "The book" the unwritten code of pimping handed down by word of mouth?

How the techniques of good pimping apply to all women.

How the average man should pursue and keep a woman.

Protocol on running a stable of several women and putting them down in the street.

What psychology books did you read?

How do you analyze and evaluate a girl?

If the pimp and heroin addict in him are really dead?

What is the greatest threat to a pimp?

The good and bad differences between modern day and older pimping?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Street Legend Emerges from the Shadows 1 Oct. 2009
By Otto Bingo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Black players: The Secret World of Black pimps

Iceberg Slim is probably the best known and also the least known Superpimp of all time.

"Best known" because his autobiography "Pimp: The Story of My Life" was a surprise underground best-seller in the 1960s, when it sold in the millions, especially to a vast audience of black street hustlers. "Least known" because the talented, reclusive writer and self-confessed psychopath found redemption in later life as a doting father -- who zealously protected his daughters from the kind of abuse he had routinely dished out to his own whores (ho's). Repeated jail sentences, the last time in a "steel casket," cured him of any further hunger for "The Life."

Iceberg's self-examination and incisive observations of the underdog ghetto culture that spawned him constitute a saga of American society's underbelly, particularly during the 1930s and 1940s. His stories, told in accurate street language, influenced rap and hip-hop culture down to our own day. One lame rapper audaciously appropriated his name, and mainstream entertainers like Ice-T and Snoop Dog acknowledge him as the idol of their youthful "gangsta" years.

Now British author and editor Ian Whitaker has taken meticulous pains to track down the "lost" interviews with Iceberg from almost impossible-to-find magazines and newspapers, along with new interviews with those who knew him, including his daughter Misty. Richard Milner, co-author of the anthropological study "Black Players; The Secret World of Black Pimps," contributes a new reminiscence of his contentious encounter with the King of Tricksters. Whitaker also reprints Milner's original classic 1969 interview with Iceberg in full.

"The Lost Interviews" is an entertaining, fast-moving, and enlightening read. If you ever wondered about what goes on in the mind and the life of a warped genius who was "totally dedicated to pimping women," here's your opportunity to find out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck's Writing Habits and Thoughts on Writing 17 May 2014
By The Writer Mo Ibrahim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ian Whitaker's book Iceberg Slim The Lost Interviews shed some very interesting light on Beck's writing habits. Like Nabokov, Beck would visualize his characters in his head, he wrote for long hours - sometimes up to 18 hours per day, like Proust he was a recluse, and Beck made a compelling analogy between pimping and writing.

Enjoy:

He writes his books out in longhand, filling thick notebooks with manuscript.

... I don't want to pimp. I want to be a good writer. I'm coming out of there. And I'm agonizing now with my writing. I'm seeking to do in sentences what it took me paragraphs to do before, and to do in one word what it took me sentences to do in these books.

Writing books is better than pimping. In fact, it's better than being a doctor or a lawyer. I don't have to go to court, I don't have to go to the hospital to perform an operation. I have no equipment...I don't even need paper; I'll write on the walls. All of my equipment [tapping his head] is in my noggin. And another thing; writing has been a wonderful boon for me, psychologically. The vacuum of ego that existed when I could no longer pimp has been filled most adequately.

Beck writes up to 18 hours a day...

Q. You have been described as the best-sellingest black author in America. Why is that?
A. ...I would think it's because I've been able to do what any artist must do if he's to rule the greatest possible audience - and that is to bare his emotional structure to the bone. I've noticed the same phenomenon as a speaker. I've been a success as a speaker because I've dared to do that which the audience, collectively, could not do. That is, I have overridden my inhibitions so I can confess. It springs from the soul, brother. So many people are dying and crying out to confess. But they lack the courage.

Q. Doesn't every writer play [g]od?
A. Yes. But one can't play [g]od if one is also a father. One of the handicaps, of course, in being a writer is that one has large numbers of children, responsibilities. Ideally, a writer should be alone. Most writers - if they're married - inevitably, the wife will soon consider the writing a rival. And no writer can reach his peak with this kind of intramural opposition.

Q. Recently, you wrote an article about the loneliness of a super-pimp...
A. Ah, the loneliness...yes, the loneliness. Because you see, the only comparison I could make, as a matter of fact, with the loneliness of a writer is the loneliness of a pimp. I'm not talking about a would-be pimp. I'm talking about someone who really understands what pimping is. And by that I mean: no matter what problems I ever had as a pimp, I never got confidential with any woman...p 100

Q. Usually a writer tries to do more than merely entertain. He tries to inform and persuade.
A. Oh yes. I don't try to persuade. I used to be political. When I first started writing. Nothing is worse than to write with a tendency like that. You can't be a true artist. That's what hobbled most of the young black writers that came up in the 60s. In other words, one must - if he's black or any ethnic - if he's aware of the inequities of this society, purge himself, have that catharsis, through his writing, in order to approach the pristine peak that the artist, the true artist, knows.

Q. Haven't you used the term "Pimping the Page?"
A. But you know why I've never been able to do it? Because of the torturous labor that writing is...If it weren't so gaddam hard man, I could make the analogy [between pimping and selling books]. But it's so hard...

Q. Are you a masochist?
A. I think all writers have to be. I'm talking about the serious writers - like yourself. You know you love it. You love the pain, that lonely pain.

Q. Is there any sadism connected to this?
A. Yeah. We inflict that, we often inflict that upon the audience. You know, two sides of a coin. But invariably, we inflict it upon the people around us, like our wives and our children, when we suffer, you know.

Q. Would you say you've achieved a balance or homeostasis between your inner and the outer realities?
A. Yes. And I've achieved it through what I call "The Overview". The way I interpret "overview" personally is that I will not permit any traumatic event, person or force to deal my writing and my life a fatal blow. I will not gnaw on personal tragedy like some psychotic canine. When the deed has been done to me, whether advertently or inadvertently, I will simply forget that, I don't conduct vendettas against people, objects or circumstances.

There's a lusting, lusting for that feeling, that sensation, because there is no sensation - even the hell of the writer when he's in the throes of creation, as magnificent as that is - that can compare with the the chemical rush of a speed-ball.

... I write long-hand and I have my work typed up. And when I'm not in the physical process of working, that is with pen in hand on paper, then I'm seeming to be day-dreaming. But I'm not. I'm reading on the ceiling characters for yet another story. And I hallucinate their voices and try to get the texture of their voices so I can become acquainted with them. That's why I can write so fast. When I get ready to go to the page. I've already had this prior association with them. And great snatches of dialogue have been written on the ceiling already.

Q. You once were a creature of the night. Do you write at night?
A. Ideally, from 2am to 7 in the morning.

Q. Do you make a lot of money from your books?
A. No. When you say "a lot of money," you know to a pauper a hundred-dollar bill is a fortune. And then a John Paul Getty, a hundred-thousand is a pittance. But I'm not a seeker of fortune. All that I aspire to is to have comforts, and to be cushioned so I can have the most magnificent luxury there is. And that is one of privacy, so that I might write.

Q. Are you satisfied with your progress as a writer so far?
A. No, because I started late. And given the Biblical actuarial estimate, it seems to me that I've got maybe 10 years. And writing being the unconquerable that it is, I wish that I'd started at your age or even younger, so I would at least have some remote chance of becoming the absolute artist. Because every day, every day, is a reminder of how little I know as a writer.

MISTY: He was a strange guy who used to write on paper plates, on napkins, on anything. He did longhand on note pads but he would write on paper plates and things like that.
Q. How easy was if for him to get published?
MISTY: ...He was very let down; it took a minute to get someone to look at Pimp.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WISDOM N KNOWLEDGE... GET Some!!! 7 Jun. 2011
By Aspiring mackman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mr. Beck is undoubtedly the most insightful gentleman of leisure to ever attempt to explain the "ISM"...His artistic touch with phrases and words makes the game come alive! You can feel the magnificence of a master mack man through vivid descriptions and minute details as he tells his side of the story....A must read for any aspiring young player or just your ordinary square trying to stay ahead of his lady freind(s). It will change the way that any man interacts with his female(s) READ AND GROW WISE YOUNG MAN....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book... bad price 18 July 2011
By Mr. Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book doesn't have too much game, but it's definitely a must have if you are a Robert Beck reader. The presentation of the book is really wack for the price and it's hell of small. The editor could have made a better job for the presentation. I know that content is what truly matters in a book but for the price it should have more quality and be more fancier. That's the one and only bad thing I can think about the book. The rest is pure gold.

When you read this book you realize tha Iceberg never quit pimpin, he just transfer the game to another market.
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