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Joe Henry Furious Cool Richard Pryor

October 26, 201413 min
Praised as “a beautifully written account of the troubled life of a manic genius” (Booklist) and “a book worth savoring” (Colum McCann), Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him brilliantly brings to life the exceptionally high (and low) times of the groundbreaking and controversial comedian that helped define a turbulent time in American history. In this cultural and personal biography, brothers David and Joe Henry offer readers a sense of the strange, violent, and colorful landscape from which Pryor emerged and provide an in-depth appreciation of his talent and lasting influence. Pryor persevered through a tough childhood growing up in his grandmother’s brothel in Peoria, Ill., and went on to become one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, as pivotal and essential a figure as Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, or Muhammad Ali. Both a brilliant comedian and a very astute judge of what he could get away with, Pryor was always pushing the envelope, combing anger and path

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