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Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences Paperback – 31 Mar 2006
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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But due to the Times back then, (No Internet, camera phones, or social media) We never really saw behind the show into the interesting real life journey or side actions that were part of his life,
Pryor Convictions tells his story and all the little things that make up who they are.
This book also explains how Some wrongs he committed, that ironically helped him be so good on Stage.
It also bravely tells us some Wrongs we would never of heard otherwise.
Some boring Celebrities Unnecessarily spin their autobiographies out into a series of books that are slow and dull.
However Rich is One of few celebrities I feel I could have easily read a whole autobiographical series from.
Pryor Convictions was great, and left me wanting to hear even more from Rich (which is the best *criticism something can receive)
The paperback (2005) edition contains 280 numbered pages, contains an Introduction, an Epilogue and is separated into three sections:
Part 1 - Chapters 1-17.
Part 2 - Chapters 18-29.
Part 3 - Chapters 30-34.
Epilogue By Jennifer Lee Pryor.
A semi-fictional Black American character named Mudbone narrates the Introduction and the first chapters of the other two parts of the book. Mudbone presents an over view of the different aspects of Richard Pryor's life, as presented in the three parts of the book. Part of these narratives convey a dialogue between Richard Pryor and Mudbone - perhaps signalling that the character 'Mudbone' infact represents Pryor's inner dialogue, with himself. However, 'Mudbone' is a character that Pryor used on stage, claiming that he was based upon a person Pryor knew in his youth. Whatever the case, these opening chapters represent an earthy and honest wisdom. As an autobiography (as opposed to a biography penned by another), this book covers Pryor's life from birth to around 1993/94 - a time when Pryor's multiple sclerosis symptoms appeared to be getting the better of him. He was diagnosed with MS in 1986, after suffering heart problems since a heart-attack as far back as 1977. His health problems were compounded by an acute adduction to crack cocaine, an addiction that led to him setting himself ablaze and suffering terrible burns as a consequwnce in 1980. Jennifer Lee Pryor - (his seventh marriage) - rekindled her relationship with Pryor in the mid-90's, looking after him until his death in 2005 - they were re-married in 2001. Pryor dedicates this book 'To My Angels'.
Pryor married a number of times, and this included re-marrying women he previously had divorced. He also fathered a number of children during his 65 years and had affairs with mant other women, and in this book, he even admits to a brief intimate relationship with a with trans-sexual male partner who preferred to dress as a woman. Pryor's humour drew exclusively upon his experience as a Black American man, brought up in a predominately White (i.e. 'European') inspired America, as the descendent of a slaving population, who, as a people, were stolen from their homeland of Africa and brought to America to work the fields in the most physical, emotional, psychological and spiritually degrading manner that can be imagined. Richard Pryor - as a very intelligent man living within a world of prejudice and discrimination, used his mind expertly, and through the medium of 'humour', strove to educate those who would listen to him.
This book is testimony to this fact. As with his mentor and inspiration - Malcolm X - Richard Pryor travelled to Africa and the experience changed his life and his outlook forever - in many ways, this experience broke him free of the racial stereotypes prevalent within the culture of America, as he experienced it. a spiritually uplifting book in everyway.
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.
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!
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.