Furious Cool by David Henry audiobook

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him

By David Henry and Joe Henry
Read by Dion Graham

Tantor Audio
9.07 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781452685571

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century,and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new—it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born—his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse—helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K. Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, David and Joe Henry bring him to life 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 influences that shaped both his persona and his art.

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Summary

Summary

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century,and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new—it was heretofore unthinkable.

His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive. Yet the culture into which Richard Pryor was born—his mother was a prostitute; his grandmother ran the whorehouse—helped him evolve into one of the most innovative and outspoken performers ever, a man who attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combining anger and pathos, outrage and humor, into an art form, laying the groundwork for the generations of comedians who followed, including such outstanding performers as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Louis C.K.

Now, in this groundbreaking and revelatory work, David and Joe Henry bring him to life 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 influences that shaped both his persona and his art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A beautifully written account of the troubled life of a manic genius. Booklist Starred Review
“A beautifully written account of the troubled life of a manic genius.” Booklist (starred review)
“This work allows listeners to peek into the soul of one of the funniest, and saddest, men who ever lived. Narrator extraordinaire Dion Graham has the ability to become Pryor in all his incarnations.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: David Henry

Author Bio: David Henry

David Henry is a screenwriter. He is coauthor, with his brother Joe, of Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Furious Cool is David and Joe’s first book. The brothers are also at work on a screenplay based on Pryor’s life and career.

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Author Bio: Joe Henry

Author Bio: Joe Henry

Joe Henry received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but he attributes much of his learning to his many years as a laborer, rancher, and professional athlete. A renowned lyricist, he has had his words performed on more than one hundred recordings by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and John Denver to Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts. In addition to his many music awards, he also received a National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation and the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English