The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Zaytoven, Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin.

Yet every success was followed by setback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story.

In his extraordinary autobiography, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is a blunt and candid account—an instant classic.

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September 1, 2017 11:30 AM Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.

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Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man by JA Rule

Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man

 

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July 1, 2014| 7:00 PM| 176-60 Union Turnpike| Fresh Meadows, NY 

July 2, 2014| 7:00 PM| The BookMark Shoppe |3rd Avenue. Brooklyn, NY

Unruly reveals the real man behind the persona that dominates the stage and emerges from his music. In this emotive page-turner, we get to know who lives behind the performer. Ja Rule, honestly and unapologetically, delves into the pain of being a fatherless child, raised by a single mother, and eventually growing to fulfill his dreams of becoming an iconic figure in hip-hop and beyond. He shares his humble and bold reflections, which are meant to be proof for young people everywhere that if you can see it, you can be it. And he speaks with brutal candor of his own staggering mistakes, including gun possession, senseless violence, drug dealing, petty theft, substances and alcohol, and, ultimately, landing behind bars.

This intimate book is a collection of powerful memories and lessons, reflecting a certain vulnerability that can only be interpreted as inner strength. Here we see Ja Rule for the sensitive, loving person that he has become. Unruly shows that the souls of young urban men are often unseen. Here is a truly revolutionary effort from a gifted, passionate artist.

Hisham Aidi Signing Copies of “Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture”

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture

 

In this timely, revelatory study, Hisham Aidi examines the secular and religious movements that have recently emerged among Muslim youth in the west as a means of protest against the policies of the “War on Terror.” He interviews artists and activists and reports from music festivals and concerts. He explains how certain kinds of music—particularly hip hop, but also jazz, Gnawa, Andalusian, Judeo-Arabic, Latin, and others—have come to represent a heightened racial identity and a Muslim consciousness that crisscrosses the globe.

He describes how Western governments—particularly the U.S. and England—use music in an attempt to de-radicalize Muslim youth abroad. And he explores the increasing radicalization among Muslim youth in a historical context: looking back to the Civil Rights movement and to the words of Malcolm X that have inspired many American Muslims. In all, Aidi has written a riveting, eye-opening portrait of a growing, potentially radical segment of the global youth culture.

 

 

Appearances

March 5, 2014| 7:00 PM| 2289 Broadway| New York, NY| 212-362-8835

Updated: CeeLo Green Signing Copies of New Book “Everybody’s Brother”

CeeLo Green Book Cover for "Everybody's Brother"

CeeLo Green Book Cover for “Everybody’s Brother”

He dresses as Liberace, performs with Muppets, and does 360-degree flips with a grand piano at his fingertips. He’s a star of a #1-rated network reality show and is a genre-breaking artist who has garnered millions of fans. He can recreate himself faster than Madonna, and because of this he’s remained a man of mystery.

Now, CeeLo Green finally opens up, revealing his personal story and what it took for this underdog to find his voice and maintain his individuality while rising to the top. At times gritty and always truthful, this memoir will be threaded through with some hope, some inspiration, and some advice, along with some anecdotes from CeeLo’s “brother from another mother” Big Gipp. Both in its tone and in its look, EVERYBODY’S BROTHER is a theatrical, artistic statement that perfectly captures its memorable maverick author.  (From publisher)

As an Atlanta native and Goodie Mob fan, I’m excited to read this book.  It’ll be interesting to see what details the book has compared to what has played out in the media regarding the breaking up and reforming of the group.

Order the book from IndieBound here.

Appearances

September 10, 2013| 12:30 PM| 555 Fifth Avenue| New York, NY| 212-697-3048 for details

September 10, 2013| 7:00 PM|Books & Greetings – Livingston Street. Northvale, NJ.
9/21/13 2:00 PM at Books & Books – Aragon Avenue. Coral Gables, FL.