Tupac Shakur: The Life and Times of an American Icon

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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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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.”

Publishers Weekly
Since his untimely death in 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur has been memorialized in a wide range of books and documentary films, but few are as exhaustively researched and contextualized as this latest, unauthorized biography from author McQuillar (When Rap Music Had a Conscience) and history professor Johnson. Seeking to understand the enigmatic performer, McQuillar and Johnson have enlisted a psychologist to profile Shakur, looked into a century of his family history, and paid particular attention to the political background of his mother, Afeni, a former Black Panther. The result is insightful, enjoyable and expansive, even if it doesn't answer the questions that still linger regarding Shakur's celebrity lifestyle and still-unsolved murder. For casual fans with no prior exposure to Shakur's life, this biography will prove thorough and accessible, with lengthy but informative tangents that cover seemingly all of Tupac's collaborators and associates. Readers looking for glitzy speculation will not find it here, and Tupac enthusiasts may not learn much new, but this undeniably solid biography will deepen anyone's appreciation of the hip-hop legend.
Booklist
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.
Buffalo News
Fine writing and deft analysis.
The Source
An in-depth and chilling analysis of the rap icon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568583877
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 208,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


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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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Savior 3

Pt. 2 Survivor 37

Pt. 3 Star 87

Pt. 4 Avenger 185

Pt. 5 Beloved 241

Acknowledgments 251

Bibliography 253

Discography 261

Filmography 263

Index 265

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Too much historical background. Too many facts pulled from sources we all have read!

    I've read many of the books written on Tupac. And this was just another attempt to write the definitive biography. To me, there were some interesting parts-but overall it was too diluted with historical facts. When someone buys a book about Tupac this many years after he is gone, they want something new. I didn't find it here. You could tell these writers didn't know him. When will a family member tell the WHOLE STORY, the real story, the details of his childhood - not the cookie cutter facts we already know.
    In other words when are we going to get THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY!?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Tupac an angry man

    The book gave a lot of history of his roots, some made it more intriguing and some made the story very long and boring. But overall it showed that Tupac was never a "Thug" he was a man who lived by his word, a poet with strength who reached a death that was unnecessary. He trusted too freely and that is what made him used and abused by others. He had an anger that needed to die and move on. Overall, I found his story moving, inspirational and he told the story of his life through his raps. A great loss to society

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    As a fan of Tupac I didn't know a lot of things before I read th

    As a fan of Tupac I didn't know a lot of things before I read this book. After completing this book I learned a lot about his childhood and his steps that he took in becoming a famous icon. This book was great on wanting to know all about Tupac and what he lived through. I recommend this book to anyone who is a true Tupac fan and/or people who would like to know more about Tupac.   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Tupac shakur

    Im alive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Hhgg

    Gggg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Tupac

    Rest In Peac my brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    ...

    I love it

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