Flavor Flav

Flavor Flav

The Icon, the Memoir

Book - 2011
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From his twenty-five years as a member of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, to his career as a television personality, the word that best describes Flavor Flav is 'iconic.' Clock-wearing, colorful and sometimes controversial, William Drayton--known affectionately all around the world as simply 'Flav'--finally tells all.

In this compelling memoir, Flavor Flav takes the reader in vivid detail behind the scenes of his multi-faceted career. He spares no one, revealing the tensions within Public Enemy and with Def Jam records, his struggles with addiction, his multiple visits to both rehab and to jail before re-inventing himself in reality television as VH1's most eligible--and most watched--bachelor. Taking readers on a journey into the truth behind his bigger-than-life image, Flavor Flav's presents his unique perspective on music and reality TV-- how he survived the pressures of both to become one of the most-sampled and recognized figures in media.Told with the gritty, compassionate and often-hilarious style that has made the man a legend, this memoir is a thrill ride from the heights of celebrity to the depths of despair and back again to tell the tale.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : Farrah Gray Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9780982702772
0982702779
Branch Call Number: B Flavor
Characteristics: x, 228 p. ; 23 cm

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smichal
May 26, 2012

I usually love reading celebrity autobiographies. This book does touch on Flav's reality shows such as The Surreal Life and Flavor of Love and the Comedy Central celebrity roast but that is only during the last few chapters.

This book also contains accounts of meeting other celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Charles Barkley but not in much detail. Every story is so brief and vague and punctuated with 'nawm sayin' and 'wowwwwwwwww' and 'yo Gee'.

I do not know much about Public Enemy and this book also mentions about Flav getting together with Chuck D and some other guy called Griff who beat Flav up a few times using martial arts. Is the band broken up by now?

The majority of this book, to me, is pretty lame - mostly incidents of drug use and going in and out of jail, fistfights, and impregnating ladies. Seriously, this guy can't keep it in his pants (7 neglected kids). He hits women. There's no redeeming message. He wasted millions of dollars on drugs and nonsense and then blames the record company for not helping him to put out a solo album and he blames police and lawyers and parole officers for putting him in jail whenever he is caught with drugs.

I find that he is just lucky to have a career revival, and he takes no responsibility for any of his behavior. I used to think he was funny. Now I won't be watching him on TV.

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