Flip: The Inside Story of Tv's First Black Superstar

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Hardcover, Penguin Group USA, 2013, ISBN13 9780670025701, ISBN10 0670025704

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The rags-to-riches story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer

When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow Flip Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as TVs First Black Superstar?

Flip is a candid, entertaining biography of a consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin Cook chronicles Flips meteoric rise through the Chitlin Circuit of segregated nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carsons Tonight Show to his hit variety show, on which he created such outrageous and hilarious characters as the sassy Geraldine and flock-fleecing Reverend Leroy. As one of the biggest stars of his time, he performed and partied with Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and other stars of the 1970s.

Drawing on interviews with family, friends, and celebrities, Cook delivers the inspiring story of a complex man who broke the prime-time color barrier, blazing a trail for generations of African American performers who followed him.

Specifications

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publish Date: Apr 18, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780670025701
ISBN-10: 0670025704
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.02
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.0
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