In the preface, Slim says it best, “In this book, I will take you, the reader, with me into the secret inner world of the pimp.” An immersive experience unlike anything before it, Pimp would go on to sell millions of copies, with ...

Author: Iceberg Slim

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451617146

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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“[In Pimp], Iceberg Slim breaks down some of the coldest, capitalist concepts I’ve ever heard in my life.” —Dave Chappelle, from his Nextflix special The Bird Revelation Pimp sent shockwaves throughout the literary world when it published in 1969. Iceberg Slim’s autobiographical novel offered readers a never-before-seen account of the sex trade, and an unforgettable look at the mores of Chicago’s street life during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. In the preface, Slim says it best, “In this book, I will take you, the reader, with me into the secret inner world of the pimp.” An immersive experience unlike anything before it, Pimp would go on to sell millions of copies, with translations throughout the world. And it would have a profound impact upon generations of writers, entertainers, and filmmakers, making it the classic hustler’s tale that never seems to go out of style.


This is the story of Iceberg Slim's life, as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. A trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale. The dangers of jail, addiction and death that are still all too familiar.

Author: Robert Beck


ISBN: 9780870674174


Page: 317

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PIMP Reflection of my Life

Not since Robert Beck revealed to the masses the vivid street Realities of a Pimps Life in his book Pimp: The Story of My Life By Iceberg Slim has the entrenching truth behind the lifestyle-termed pimpin been exposed to this degree.

Author: Noble Dee

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1477279326

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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In our society today, although used out their original contexts, the words “Pimp” and “Pimpin” have been embraced whole-heartedly by today’s hip hop generation and frequently used in slang to describe a motif of a newly set standard of flamboyant living. However, in his debut release, Donald Ray Lavan (AKA Noble Dee) provides the true definition of both words, separating the real and the facts from the façade and the fiction of today’s controversial terminology. Best of all, he describes in very minute details, what the Game (Pimpin’) was like for him in his era... the 1960’s to Y2K (The New Millienium). In this tell all non-fiction: Noble Dee illustrates, in a very blaxploitation manner...his personal existence in the game. Not only does he exploit his successes, he also exposes the very grim details of the life; both in tones whereas you the reader... bask in his glory, and share his pains; the pain of possibly regret in the life that he cherished for almost four calendar decades. Wholeheartedly, Noble Dee expresses how his own glorification of the game, indirectly allured his first born daughter into a position to be manipulated and exploited by pimps, just as he had manipulated and exploited so many daughters throughout his 35 years plus career. Not since Robert Beck revealed to the masses the vivid street Realities of a Pimp’s Life in his book “Pimp: The Story of My Life” By Iceberg Slim has the entrenching truth behind the lifestyle-termed pimpin’ been exposed to this degree. Thus, the primary title... “Pimp:...Reflections of My Life”. www.JumpInterstateN.biz

Twilight Nights

I remember one day in my Psychology class, which was rare for me to be there,
my teacher, Mr. Beach, was having us read a chapter from the work book and I
had the book open like I was reading, but I had my book, “Pimp the story of my life
,” ...

Author: Paul D. Jones

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477139206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 841

In writing this book I felt a need to explain how important it is that one knows himself/herself while growing up in life which as you can see I didn't. That inner feeling that I kept getting was the enemy trying to put me in a position I could never come out of. It controlled me during most of my life. There were always signs pointing to the right choices to make but when you are caught up in what you feel is the success of your life, you never pay attention to those signs, you go with the flow of the moment. Twilight Nights has a second part to it that will explain in detail that recognition of signs and how to respond to them so you are aware of who is leading you. It shouldn't take a life time to here your calling unless you've been transformed into one that has become a part of this world. Thank God he let me know I was not apart of this world just in this world and that's what saved me. This book is a very interesting read and for those that just like entertainment you will get a thrill out of this book but for those looking for something else there is a message in this message that only the spirit of God can reveal. The word of God says we fight against principalities and wicked spirits in high places. Learn to know God so you can stand against the wiles of the enemy and his Spirit will guide you into his truth. ENJOY


Many writers of the sixties and seventies thus both enjoined and embellished
Wright's representation. In Iceberg Slim's autobiography Pimp. The Story of My
Life, it may easily be said that no one in this milieu has successfully escaped the
core ...

Author: Monique Guillory

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814730841

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 324

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No other word in the English language is more endemic to contemporary Black American culture and identity than "Soul". Since the 1960s Soul has been frequently used to market and sell music, food, and fashion. However, Soul also refers to a pervasive belief in the capacity of the Black body/spirit to endure the most trying of times in an ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. While some attention has been given to various genre manifestations of Soul-as in Soul music and food-no book has yet fully explored the discursive terrain signified by the term. In this broad-ranging, free-spirited book, a diverse group of writers, artists, and scholars reflect on the ubiquitous but elusive concept of Soul. Topics include: politics and fashion, Blaxploitation films, language, literature, dance, James Brown, and Schoolhouse Rock. Among the contributors are Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Paul Gilroy, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michelle Wallace, Ishmael Reed, Greg Tate, Manthia Diawara, and dream hampton.

100 Most Popular African American Authors

Iceberg. Slim. Urban. Literature. Benchmark Title: Pimp: The Story of My Life
Chicago, Illinois 1918–1992 ... They were even discomforting in their day to
African Americans, during the Black is Beautiful movement. Iceberg Slim
nevertheless ...

Author: Bernard Alger Drew

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781591583226

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 361

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Provides information about the lives and literary careers of one hundred popular African American authors, including Maya Angelou, Edwidge Danticat, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, and Walter Dean Myers.

America Is the Prison

Critics tend to measure the success of these writers by the number of books sold
or their influence on rap musicians. ... the stereotypical blaxploitation films or to
gangsta rap—but their stories of pimping, drug dealing, and the racial politics of
the criminal ... Iceberg Slim's autobiographical first novel, Pimp: The Story of My
Life, features episodes from his more than twenty-year career as a pimp and

Author: Lee Bernstein

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 0807898325

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 868

In the 1970s, while politicians and activists outside prisons debated the proper response to crime, incarcerated people helped shape those debates though a broad range of remarkable political and literary writings. Lee Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic "prison art renaissance," shedding light on how incarcerated people produced powerful works of writing, performance, and visual art. These included everything from George Jackson's revolutionary Soledad Brother to Miguel Pinero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood film Short Eyes. An extraordinary range of prison programs--fine arts, theater, secondary education, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners to influence the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican writers, "New Journalism," and political theater, among the most important aesthetic contributions of the decade. By the 1980s and '90s, prisoners' educational and artistic programs were scaled back or eliminated as the "war on crime" escalated. But by then these prisoners' words had crossed over the wall, helping many Americans to rethink the meaning of the walls themselves and, ultimately, the meaning of the society that produced them.

Books to Die For

Cooper describes it this way: All the elements of the scene—the lights, the
whores, the tricks in their cars, the razzle of jazz ... biography Pimp: The Story of
My Life while in the joint, Goines was still behind bars when he wrote his first two

Author: John Connolly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451696582

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 560

View: 395

The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!

Low Road

If book enthusiasts had never heard of Holloway House, they worked to make
certain that names like Louis Lomax, ... His first work, Pimp: The Story of My Life,
became a legend in print, which highlighted the reflections and ruminations of the

Author: Eddie B. Allen, Jr.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466838620

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 993

Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. He was also one of world's most popular Black contemporary writers. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool, Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's personal experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.

Furious Cool

Live from New York: An Uncensored History of “Saturday Night Live” as Told by
Its Stars, Writers & Guests. Boston: Little, Brown, 2002. Slim, Iceberg [Robert Beck
]. Pimp: The Story of My Life. 1969. Reprint. Los Angeles: Holloway House, 2007.

Author: David Henry

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616202718

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 885

“A testament to [Pryor’s] stature not only as an African-American entertainment idol but also as an American icon . . . [An] exuberant tribute” (The New York Times Book Review). Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic during his life, Pryor’s performances opened up a whole new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new—it was theretofore unthinkable. Now, this groundbreaking and revelatory work brings him to life again both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence, as well as an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the myriad influences that shaped both his persona and his art. “Addictively readable . . . Someday, when fewer people know Richard Pryor’s name, Furious Cool will be the best defense against the worst sort of forgetting—the kind that involves who we are now, who we loved once, and why.” —Esquire “A sleek, highly literate biography that places the comic in the pop-cultural context of his times.” —Bloomberg News “Richard Pryor was the most free black man of the twentieth century. He also was a comic genius. This book gives the definitive reasons why he was so free and so sublime.” —Dr. Cornel West “David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming both his humanity and his immortality as a comic—and tragic—genius . . . Furious Cool is a fabulous history, alive with fascinating characters.” —The Huffington Post

Leaving Art

I review my own life in terms of her story. Has anyone you know ever turned a
trick? When she found out he was a pimp, she split, but still sees him
occasionally and would like to get together with him when his “story checks out.”
Later she met ...

Author: Suzanne Lacy

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822391228

Category: Art

Page: 420

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Since the 1970s, the performance and conceptual artist Suzanne Lacy has explored women’s lives and experiences, as well as race, ethnicity, aging, economic disparities, and violence, through her pioneering community-based art. Combining aesthetics and politics, and often collaborating with other artists and community organizations, she has staged large-scale public art projects, sometimes involving hundreds of participants. Lacy has consistently written about her work: planning, describing, and analyzing it; advocating socially engaged art practices; theorizing the relationship between art and social intervention; and questioning the boundaries separating high art from popular participation. By bringing together thirty texts that Lacy has written since 1974, Leaving Art offers an intimate look at the development of feminist, conceptual, and performance art since those movements’ formative years. In the introduction, the art historian Moira Roth provides a helpful overview of Lacy’s art and writing, which in the afterword the cultural theorist Kerstin Mey situates in relation to contemporary public art practices.

Remaking Respectability

African American Organized Crime: A Social History. New Brunswick, N.J.:
Rutgers University ... In Black Women and United States History, vol. 4, edited by
Darlene Clark Hine, ... Pimp: The Story of My Life. Los Angeles: Holloway House,

Author: Victoria W. Wolcott

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469611007

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

View: 512

In the early decades of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of African Americans arrived at Detroit's Michigan Central Station, part of the Great Migration of blacks who left the South seeking improved economic and political conditions in the urban North. The most visible of these migrants have been the male industrial workers who labored on the city's automobile assembly lines. African American women have largely been absent from traditional narratives of the Great Migration because they were excluded from industrial work. By placing these women at the center of her study, Victoria Wolcott reveals their vital role in shaping life in interwar Detroit. Wolcott takes us into the speakeasies, settlement houses, blues clubs, storefront churches, employment bureaus, and training centers of Prohibition- and depression-era Detroit. There, she explores the wide range of black women's experiences, focusing particularly on the interactions between working- and middle-class women. As Detroit's black population grew exponentially, women not only served as models of bourgeois respectability, but also began to reshape traditional standards of deportment in response to the new realities of their lives. In so doing, Wolcott says, they helped transform black politics and culture. Eventually, as the depression arrived, female respectability as a central symbol of reform was supplanted by a more strident working-class activism.

Pimp in Distress

The Untold Story of a Pimp of This Pimp Life Style Pimp in Distress. a second
chance on life. I have had several, and plan to use it wisely. I plan to use all of my
knowledge and wisdom I have for good this time. Maybe I can even change the ...

Author: Pimp in Distress

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1480968579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 70

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Pimp in Distress By Pimp in Distress This book is about a man who was born in Mississippi on a farm. As a hood kid he had no childhood, no teaching, no schooling, no mom, no father. He was kicked out of school in third grade. Yet he had a gift he did not know of – he was born to be a pimp. This book is for all people to know how you can miss your calling of what you are here for. To do your gift you have to be who you are. The author wrote this book to help kids stop killing each other - that is not cool. Kids should not try to be a pimp. They will not make it. Go to school and be all you can be. Stay focused.

Encyclopedia of Pulp Fiction Writers

“The best pimps,” he would write, “keep a steel lid on their emotions and I was
one of the iciest. ... Pimp: The Story of My Life was published by Holloway House,
a small Los Angeles paperback 154 Iceberg Slim outfit that had begun to
cultivate ...

Author: Lee Server

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438109121

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 321

View: 905

Provides an introduction to American pulp fiction during the twentieth century with brief author biographies and lists of their works.

Gentleman of Leisure

If you want it real and true, hard hitting and deadly whore-some, sexy, and to the point, then this book is a must-read for inquiring minds that want to know!

Author: Alfred Pratt

Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub

ISBN: 9781412095396

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 451

View: 729

If you want it real and true, hard hitting and deadly whore-some, sexy, and to the point, then this book is a must-read for inquiring minds that want to know!

From Pimp Stick to Pulpit It s Magic

A notorius Chicago pimp--leading a lifestyle of unimaginable wealth-- recalls with brutal candor his rise from ghettto to celebrity as leader of Chicago's Magic World Christion.

Author: Ann Bromfield


ISBN: 9780533108732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 119

View: 553

A notorius Chicago pimp--leading a lifestyle of unimaginable wealth-- recalls with brutal candor his rise from ghettto to celebrity as leader of Chicago's Magic World Christion.

The Black Pimp as a Folk Hero

The Book is an oral tradition of belief in The Life that has been passed dovn from
player to player from generation to generation . Recently , some of these rules
were published in a widely read best seller , Pimp : The Story of My Life , written
by ...

Author: Adrienne Lanier Seward




Page: 142

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Under this signature he has published three novels , Trick Baby ( 1967 ) , Pimp
The Story Of My Life ( 1967 ) , and Mama Black Widow ( 1969 ) . He has also
published , as Robert Beck , a volume of essays titled The Naked Soul of Iceberg
Slim ...




Category: American literature


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