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: 1451617143

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.


Iceberg Slim the pimp (aka Robert Beck the writer) tells the true story of his life in the underworld during the thirties and forties, a life of petty triumphs and real fears in the mean streets of Chicago.

Author: Iceberg Slim


ISBN: 9780862418601

Category: Novelists, American

Page: 277

View: 158

Iceberg Slim the pimp (aka Robert Beck the writer) tells the true story of his life in the underworld during the thirties and forties, a life of petty triumphs and real fears in the mean streets of Chicago.

Ice T Presents Pimp

Author: Iceberg Slim


ISBN: 9781841952383

Category: Novelists, American

Page: 286

View: 944

The ultimate anti-hero, Iceberg Slim, takes you into the secret inner world of the pimp, and the smells, the sounds, the fears and petty triumphs of his world. A legendary figure of the Chicago underworld, this is his story: from defending his mother against the evil men she brought into their lives, to becoming a giant of the streets. A seething tale of brutality, cunning and greed, Pimp is a harrowing portrait of life on the wrong side of the tracks, and a rich warning from a true survivor.


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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Street Players

Candice Love Jackson, “The Literate Pimp: Robert Beck, Iceberg Slim, ... Advertisement for Holloway House's Pimp: The Story of My Life, Adam, May 1967, 29.

Author: Kinohi Nishikawa

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022658707X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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The uncontested center of the black pulp fiction universe for more than four decades was the Los Angeles publisher Holloway House. From the late 1960s until it closed in 2008, Holloway House specialized in cheap paperbacks with page-turning narratives featuring black protagonists in crime stories, conspiracy thrillers, prison novels, and Westerns. From Iceberg Slim’s Pimp to Donald Goines’s Never Die Alone, the thread that tied all of these books together—and made them distinct from the majority of American pulp—was an unfailing veneration of black masculinity. Zeroing in on Holloway House, Street Players explores how this world of black pulp fiction was produced, received, and recreated over time and across different communities of readers. Kinohi Nishikawa contends that black pulp fiction was built on white readers’ fears of the feminization of society—and the appeal of black masculinity as a way to counter it. In essence, it was the original form of blaxploitation: a strategy of mass-marketing race to suit the reactionary fantasies of a white audience. But while chauvinism and misogyny remained troubling yet constitutive aspects of this literature, from 1973 onward, Holloway House moved away from publishing sleaze for a white audience to publishing solely for black readers. The standard account of this literary phenomenon is based almost entirely on where this literature ended up: in the hands of black, male, working-class readers. When it closed, Holloway House was synonymous with genre fiction written by black authors for black readers—a field of cultural production that Nishikawa terms the black literary underground. But as Street Players demonstrates, this cultural authenticity had to be created, promoted, and in some cases made up, and there is a story of exploitation at the heart of black pulp fiction’s origins that cannot be ignored.

Twilight Nights

He picked up my book to see what I was reading and making a mockery out of me he said, “Oh look class, Mr. Jones is reading, Pimp the story of my life by ...

Author: Paul D. Jones

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477139206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 947

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

A History of American Crime Fiction

In 1967 he published his autobiography, Pimp: The Story of My Life, with Holloway House; within the year, it became an underground bestseller.

Author: Chris Raczkowski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108548431

Category: Literary Criticism


View: 408

A History of American Crime Fiction places crime fiction within a context of aesthetic practices and experiments, intellectual concerns, and historical debates generally reserved for canonical literary history. Toward that end, the book is divided into sections that reflect the periods that commonly organize American literary history, with chapters highlighting crime fiction's reciprocal relationships with early American literature, romanticism, realism, modernism and postmodernism. It surveys everything from 17th-century execution sermons, the detective fiction of Harriet Spofford and T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land, to the films of David Lynch, HBO's The Sopranos, and the podcast Serial, while engaging a wide variety of critical methods. As a result, this book expands crime fiction's significance beyond the boundaries of popular genres and explores the symbiosis between crime fiction and canonical literature that sustains and energizes both.

Lust for Life

He came across Chicago writer Iceberg Slim's autobiography, Pimp: The Story of My Life – a graphic, cruelly misogynistic and violent tale – in a secondhand ...

Author: John Neil Munro

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 085790664X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

View: 249

In the mid-1980s Irvine Welsh's life was going nowhere fast. His teenage dreams of being a footballer or a rock star were over, and he was stuck in a series of white-collar jobs which he loathed. With the last throw of the dice, he started to write. In 1993 his debut novel - which centred on the desperate day-to-day struggles of a group of Edinburgh schemies and junkies - was published. Even Irvine's publisher, Secker & Warburg, didn't hold out much hope. Only 1,000 copies were printed and the word was that Irvine might become a cult author, a 'Scottish Bukowski'. But, as the rave reviews increased, the book - memorably described as 'the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent' - rapidly achieved global success. It was followed, in 1996, by Danny Boyle's raw, high-energy film, which received worldwide critical acclaim and launched the careers of several young Scots actors such as Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Kelly Macdonald. So, how did an unknown Edinburgh writer pen the most talked-about book of a generation? Read the inside story of the Trainspotting phenomenon.


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 value of ...

Author: Monique Guillory

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 081473085X

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

View: 446

No other word in the English language is more endemic to contemporary Black American culture and identity than "soul". In this broad-ranging, free-spirited book, a diverse group of writers, artists, and scholars reflect on the ubiquitous but elusive concept of soul. Contributors include Angela Davis, Ishmael Reed, Manning Marable, Greg Tate, Manthia Diawara, and others. 10 illustrations.

Street Lit

... Pimp: The Story of My Life, Goines became inspired to give up Westerns and write his own versions of ghetto life.6 While Goines's themes touch on many ...

Author: Keenan Norris

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810892634

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

View: 367

This collection of articles, essays, interviews, and poems defines urban literature—street lit—and provides valuable insights into a cultural force that is fast becoming as important to the American literary scene as hip-hop has meant to music. Comprised of work by scholars, established authors, and new voices, Street Lit will connect with any reader wanting to grasp the significance of this sometimes controversial but unquestionably popular art form.

African American Culture and Society After Rodney King

In an effort to supplement their income, Slim and Betty Mae co-author Pimp: The Story of My Life, and sell the memoir to Holloway House, ...

Author: Josephine Metcalf

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317184394

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 521

1992 was a pivotal moment in African American history, with the Rodney King riots providing palpable evidence of racialized police brutality, media stereotyping of African Americans, and institutional discrimination. Following the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, this time period allows reflection on the shifting state of race in America, considering these stark realities as well as the election of the country's first black president, a growing African American middle class, and the black authors and artists significantly contributing to America's cultural output. Divided into six sections, (The African American Criminal in Culture and Media; Slave Voices and Bodies in Poetry and Plays; Representing African American Gender and Sexuality in Pop-Culture and Society; Black Cultural Production in Music and Dance; Obama and the Politics of Race; and Ongoing Realities and the Meaning of 'Blackness') this book is an engaging collection of chapters, varied in critical content and theoretical standpoints, linked by their intellectual stimulation and fascination with African American life, and questioning how and to what extent American culture and society is 'past' race. The chapters are united by an intertwined sense of progression and regression which addresses the diverse dynamics of continuity and change that have defined shifts in the African American experience over the past twenty years.

100 American Crime Writers

Pimp Slim's best known and most influential book is Pimp: The Story of My Life (1967), a memoir of his life growing up in and around Chicago and his rise ...

Author: Steven Powell

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230525377

Category: Fiction

Page: 373

View: 780

From Edgar Allan Poe to James Ellroy, crime writers have provided some of the most popular, controversial, acclaimed and disturbing works in American literature. 100 American Crime Writers provides critical biographies of some of the greatest and most important crime writers in American history. Both an important scholarly work and an enjoyable read accessible to a wider audience, this addition in Palgrave's Crime Files series includes discussion of the lives of key crime writers, as well as analysis of the full breadth and scope of the genre - from John Dickson Carr's Golden Age detective stories to Raymond Chandler's hardboiled Philip Marlowe novels, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct police procedurals to Megan Abbott's modern day reimagining of the femme fatale. Drawing on some of the best and most recent scholarship in the field, all of the key writers and themes of the genre are discussed in this comprehensive study of one of the most fascinating and popular of literary genres.

Deviance and Social Control

Ice-T invokes legendary pimp Iceberg Slim's book, Pimp: The Story of My Life, as the inspiration for his lyrics: “Ghetto hustlers in my neighborhood would ...

Author: Michelle Inderbitzin

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1544395809

Category: Social Science

Page: 656

View: 554

Deviance and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective provides a sociological examination of deviant behavior in society, with a significant focus on the major theories of deviance and society’s reaction to deviance. Authors Michelle Inderbitzin, Kristin A. Bates, and Randy R. Gainey use sociological theories to illuminate issues related to deviant behavior, offering clear overviews and perspectives in the field as well as introductions to classic and current research. A unique text/reader format combines substantial original chapters that clearly explain and outline the sociological perspectives on deviance with carefully selected articles from leading academic sources. FREE DIGITAL TOOLS INCLUDED WITH THIS TEXT SAGE Edge gives instructors the edge they need to succeed with an array of teaching tools in one easy-to-navigate website. Learn more: edge.sagepub.com/inderbitzin3e

A History of the African American Novel

The Story of My Life (1967) came with a glossary. With Pimp, Holloway House gained renown. The novel went through twelve printings, and Beck's second book ...

Author: Valerie Babb

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108210279

Category: Literary Criticism


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A History of the African American Novel offers an in-depth overview of the development of the novel and its major genres. In the first part of this book, Valerie Babb examines the evolution of the novel from the 1850s to the present, showing how the concept of black identity has transformed along with the art form. The second part of this History explores the prominent genres of African American novels, such as neoslave narratives, detective fiction, and speculative fiction, and considers how each one reflects changing understandings of blackness. This book builds on other literary histories by including early black print culture, African American graphic novels, pulp fiction, and the history of adaptation of black novels to film. By placing novels in conversation with other documents - early black newspapers and magazines, film, and authorial correspondence - A History of the African American Novel brings many voices to the table to broaden interpretations of the novel's development.

100 Most Popular African American Authors

Pimp: The Story of My Life (1967) Trick Baby: The Story of a White Negro (1967) Mama Black Widow: A Story of the South's Black Underworld (1969) The Naked ...

Author: Bernard Alger Drew

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781591583226

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 361

View: 953

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.

Reading Is My Window

Its roots extend further back, however, to African American novels about ghetto life such as Iceberg Slim's Trick Baby (1967) and Pimp: The Story of My Life ...

Author: Megan Sweeney

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 9780807898352

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 108

Drawing on extensive interviews with ninety-four women prisoners, Megan Sweeney examines how incarcerated women use available reading materials to come to terms with their pasts, negotiate their present experiences, and reach toward different futures. Foregrounding the voices of African American women, Sweeney analyzes how prisoners read three popular genres: narratives of victimization, urban crime fiction, and self-help books. She outlines the history of reading and education in U.S. prisons, highlighting how the increasing dehumanization of prisoners has resulted in diminished prison libraries and restricted opportunities for reading. Although penal officials have sometimes endorsed reading as a means to control prisoners, Sweeney illuminates the resourceful ways in which prisoners educate and empower themselves through reading. Given the scarcity of counseling and education in prisons, women use books to make meaning from their experiences, to gain guidance and support, to experiment with new ways of being, and to maintain connections with the world.

The Black Pimp as a Folk Hero

The Book is an oral tradition of belief in The Life that has been passed down 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 ...

Author: Adrienne Lanier Seward




Page: 142

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Still Here

Ironically, the brutality of this time makes Beck himself rethink his own brutality toward women, which in part led him to write Pimp: The Story of My Life ...

Author: Bunty Avieson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429513801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 840

Still Here: Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss explores the history, ethics, and cross-cultural range of memoirs focusing on illness, death, loss, displacement, and other experiences of trauma. From Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries to kitchen table survivor-to-survivor storytelling following Hurricane Katrina, from social media posts from a refugee detention centre, to poetry by exiles fleeing war zones, the collection investigates trauma memoir writing as healing, as documentation of suffering and disability, and as political activism. Editors Bunty Avieson, Fiona Giles and Sue Joseph have brought together this scholarly collection as a sequel to their earlier Mediating Memory (Routledge 2018), providing a closer look at the specific concerns of trauma memoir, including conflict and intergenerational trauma; the therapeutic potential and risks of trauma life writing; its ethical challenges; and trauma memoir giving voice to minority experiences.

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

A few books around this time period—such as Iceburg Slim's semiautobiographical book Pimp, The Story of My Life rapport Once you have established access, ...

Author: Michael G. Maxfield

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285965531

Category: Social Science

Page: 496

View: 496

Now with even more real-world examples throughout and comprehensive coverage of qualitative methods, the Seventh Edition of the market-leading RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY combines the scholarship, accuracy, and conversational tone of Earl Babbie's best-selling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH with Mike Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. Providing the most comprehensive, authoritative introduction to criminal justice research available today--and enhanced by new examples, research, applications, and built-in study tools--this edition continues its focus on getting students to DO research. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

University Sheepdog in Westwood L A

As Terry stood watch over the gangsters and his trainee searched their vehicle, ... Terry enjoyed reading Iceberg Slim's life story in Pimp: The Story of My ...

Author: Terrence Duren

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1683480937

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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Retired UCLA Police Officer, Terrence Duren, at the center of the 2006 UCLA Taser Incident, writes his memoir, “University Sheepdog in Westwood, Los Angeles" to set the record straight regarding his life and law enforcement career. There were television news reports and articles written about the Taser incident and of Terrence Duren's past. Some of these news reports and articles were unflattering and did not paint a complete picture of him and other officers involved in the Taser incident. In addition to the protests held at UCLA and other UC campuses, there were high volume of telephone calls to UCLA with people voicing their anger and support over the Taser incident. These telephone calls came from people living in the United States and abroad. There was such a high volume of phone calls that UCLA’s telecommunications nearly broke down. After a complete and thorough investigation, the UCLA police chief as well as UCLA campus administrators, concluded that Officer Duren did not violate policy with his use of the Taser. "University sheepdog in Westwood, Los Angeles" is a memoir that gives a better understanding of Officer Terrence Duren and his former colleagues. This memoir is a story of "Sheepdogs" (police officers), protecting the "Sheep" (students\faculty\staff\visitors and others), from the "Wolves" (criminals). Some of the contents in this memoir will tell of Terrence Duren's Officer Involved Shootings, on and off campus, his working undercover for six months buying narcotics from UCLA hospital employees, his confrontation with members of the Nation of Islam, his SWAT standoff with an armed suspect, lewd and lascivious activity in the men's restrooms, his mentoring victims and suspects, flimflammer, and more! Additionally, this Memoir has contents regarding Terrence's childhood growing up around Black Panthers, his service in the United States Marine Corps in peace time and during the First Gulf War. This memoir is unlike any other police story ever told. As you read this memoir, sit down and strap up because you are about to go on a ride!