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Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences [Paperback]

Richard Pryor , Todd Gold
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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31 Mar 2006
The memoirs of Richard Pryor take us from his Illinois upbringing in a family that worked in whorehouses and bars, to his ascendance as the most honest comedian of black life in America. He talks about his cocaine addiction, his six broken marriages, his by-pass surgery and multiple sclerosis.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Revolver Books (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954940741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954940744
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pryor delivered comedy like a musician delivers jazz" -- The Guardian

"Richard Pryor is truly one of the great artists of our time. His comic
genius and influence remain unparalleled." -- Eddie Murphy

"The Godfather of stand-up comedy at his best" -- FHM --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever on the life of a comic Genius 4 Jun 2007
By Dave B
Richard Pryor is one of my fav actors and stand up comics ever so i had to get this book and wow i knew richard Pryor had a hard life growing up and his battle with drugs and stuff but readin this book i was so shocked to how hard it really was for him, Rape , Drugs , Women and beatings. You could make a movie on the life of Richard Pryor.

This is a book well worth getting and is such a good read, no matter how hard the guys life was he always found a way to make funny out of things and to to make others laugh, this is a amazing book about a amazin guy.

Once i started to read this book i found it hard to put down.

This book is a must for all Richard pyor fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight to a comic genius pulling no punches 21 Jun 2005
The story of Richard Pryors life in his own words. Features excepts from his live shows, although these do loose something as they are skits that were not designed to be read, however it does draw focus on how much of Pryors comedy was taken from his life. This is man who has lived life to the full.
If you are familiar with Pryors popular film work, buy the book it will maybe encourage you to venture further into his live shows. I have heard people say Pryors comedy was all about being a black man, it's not it's about being a man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Summary Of The Life Of A True Great 26 Feb 2009
That's how I felt, that this book barely skimmed the surface.

For a legend like Richard Pryor, you expect an autobiography to be slightly longer than 270 (dpending on which version you read) pages. His life was as massive as he is in character yet I felt that a lot more detail could have been gone into.
A quick example, the epilogue by Jennifer hints at problems encountered through Richard's children but nothing more is mentioned, an autobiography should have it all!

A good book, but could have been great, like the man!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy It 27 May 2014
By Tim
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Really insightful, and Richard Pryor had a very different life to the average person, so it is just good to get a perspective on how different people's living conditions are growing up etc. Richard had loads of personal demons and didn't seem to cope alone well at all, and had honest relationships with people, though to others they might seem complex or abnormal. His stand-up was always great and he's really honest about his work, and how off the mark some of his films were. It amazed me to know how much he made and wasted, but there were things in the book that I hadn't heard anywhere else. I would recommend this book to anyone with any sought of interest in the man. He was earlier than I thought, born in 1940 I believe, and really was part of a renaissance of talent in America at the time. He brushed shoulders with some interesting characters and you won't be disappointed. The only set back is that the book is written like one would write a diary, i.e. not necessarily in a reader friendly, or lineal fashion. there's jumping back and forward, but I like the way some of his stand-up transcripts are mapped onto stories, which is a testament to how real his material was. Richard said it, and it is true, the best material comes from real-life and real characters. He indulged in all of them and shared it with the world and I'm grateful for this book and Richard's life as a personal journey of discovery and overcoming. There is also a nice section written by Jennifer Lee Pryor and a link to a fan website with loads of cool things for fans to indulge in, headed by Jennifer (his wife before he died; no. 7 I think). Enjoy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great comedian's interesting life 6 Dec 2013
By Barlo
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This is not a laugh-a-minute read, but there are a few good jokes stolen from his stand-up performances worked in. His life was pretty mad too, he reveals some dark and intimate things that make this autobiography one of the better ones
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from a great guy! 19 April 2013
I've had this book since its release and am unsure why its like 80 new. Anyway it is a great insight into the Richard Pryor's life, he leaves nothing out either, everything from his upbringing to the drinks, women and everything in between.

I would def recommend to any Richard Pryor fan!!
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