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My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race & Defiance [Paperback]

Harry Belafonte
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17 May 2012
Written with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Schnayerson, My Song is an inspiring story of performance and protest, from a superstar singer and actor who was on the front lines of practically every progressive political battle in modern memory. Along the way, he befriended some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, from Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando and Sidney Poitier to Martin Luther King, the Kennedys, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fidel Castro, James Baldwin, Bob Dylan and Nelson Mandela. From his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica, through his meteoric rise as an international calypso star, provocative crossover into Hollywood where he broke down many racial barriers, passionate lifelong involvement in the civil rights movement and myriad other social causes, to his personal struggles and rich friendships, this is a remarkable, multifaceted and hugely inspirational story. "A man whose story should be told for generations to come" (Robert Redford)

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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857865862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857865861
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A gorgeous account of the large life of a Harlem boy' -- The New York Times

'It isn't just the story of man, but the story of a country and a century' -- Variety

'A potent memoir of our times' -- Library Journal

'Somewhere amid the accounts of when he became the first artist to sell a million copies of an album, the first black leading actor to romance a white leading actress in a major Hollywood film, and the man who was asked to pick out the clothes that Martin Luther King would be buried in, you realize just how extraordinary Harry Belafonte's life has been . . . Not only a capitaving memoir of his own story but an intriguing look at US history from the late '40s the present' --Boston Globe

'Long before he became a cultural icon, Harry Belafonte learned to fight injustice wherever he saw it - a principle which has driven him ever since. This rich memoir chronicles a life of activism alongside some of history's greatest heroes and sheds new light on moments that shaped our nation. Through it all, Harry exudes the same passion and candour I've experienced in our friendship and conversation over the years' -- President Bill Clinton

'Carries us liltingly along with his song that the best times always lie ahead as long as we take care of each other' --Publishers Weeklybr >
'Bracingly opinionated autobiography from an American original' --Kirkus

About the Author

Harry Belafonte's 1956 album Calypso made him the first artist in history to sell more than one million LPs. He has won both a Tony award and an Emmy, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has served a a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently reside in New York City with his wife, Pamela.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 20 Jan 2014
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Bought as a Christmas present for my mother, together with the CD of his greatest hits - she loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Song by Harry Belafonte is a wonderful book! 13 Jan 2014
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The book is a superb production in every way- Harry Belafonte stands in the same league as the great Paul Robeson and the great Martin Luther King.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great man 14 Feb 2013
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Fascinating detail, very thorough, what an era what a man for background to politics and race this will do well
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race and Defiance 10 Jan 2013
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The book is an interesting read, exploring different aspects of the challenges it was to be black in America in the late 40s through to current times. The storytelling does though appear at times to come across as 'Me, Myself, and I', but a good read none the less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Belafonte Autobiography 18 July 2012
By Surfer
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Fascinating life story featuring people who shaped our current society. There is a sense that Belafonte has a big ego and strong need to be loved but who cares he made a difference through his craft. No many can say the same.
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