Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon

Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon


By (author) Fred L. Johnson, By (author) Tayannah Lee McQuillar

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 208mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 26 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 1568583877
  • ISBN 13: 9781568583877
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 97,368

Product description

In 1996 Tupac Shakur, one of the most talented artists of his time, was murdered by an unknown gunman. Fred L. Johnson and Tayannah Lee McQuillar examine the theories surrounding his death and the story of Tupac's lost legacy in this definitive biography. For millions, Shakur gave voice to their stories, but there was also another side to him, revealed as his life spun out of control, as the whispered warnings from friends went unheeded and the denunciations of critics grew louder. Disturbingly, he sang and wrote about his impending death. When it came, it brought the music industry to its knees and ended an era when American rappers were leaders in using their art to speak the truth to corporate, government, and judicial power.

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Author information

Fred L. Johnson is Associate Professor of History at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Tayannah Lee Mcquillar is the author of When Rap Music Had a Conscience and lives in New York City.

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Booklist, 2/15/2010 "The Shakur who emerges here is no illiterate gangster-turned-gangsta but, rather, a bright, artistic, driven man whose life and career continue to inspire many people." Library Journal, 1/29/10 "Original...As much a biography of Shakur as a history of racial struggle in America...Those looking for a compelling, no-holds-barred biography and an education regarding significant historical events should seek out this book." Buffalo News, 1/31/10 "Fine writing and deft analysis." PublishersWeekly.com, 2/22/10 "Exhaustively researched and contextualized...Insightful, enjoyable and expansive...This undeniably solid biography will deepen anyone's appreciation of the hip-hop legend." The Source, March 2010 "An in-depth and chilling analysis of the rap icon."