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Flip pdf Flip , ebook Flip , epub Flip , doc Flip , e-pub Flip , Flip 4e2ccbf3e39 The Rags To Riches Story Of A Groundbreaking, Beloved Entertainer When The Flip Wilson Show Debuted In , 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 TV S First Black Superstar Flip Is A Candid, Entertaining Biography Of A Consummate Comedian Who Changed The Face Of American Popular Culture Kevin Cook Chronicles Flip S Meteoric Rise Through The Chitlin Circuit Of Segregated Nightclubs To His Breakthrough On Johnny Carson S 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 S 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


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  1. says:

    I m 33 The Flip Wilson Show never aired in real time programming for me However even as a kid I was a sucker for Nick at Nite which spawned TV Land and a host of pretty funny variety shows of yesteryear This autobiography spans across Flips neglected childhood of unfortunate circumstances, his chitlin circuit tours, his lifetime drug abuse, faithless husbandry, devotion to self and disregard of racial barriers prevalent during this time There are also many exchanges and connections with ente I m 33 The Flip Wilson Show never aired in real time programming for me However even as a kid I was a sucker for Nick at Nite which spawned TV Land and a host of pretty funny variety shows of yesteryear This autobiography spans across Flips neglected childhood of unfortunate circumstances, his chitlin circuit tours, his lifetime drug abuse, faithless husbandry, devotion to self and disregard of racial barriers prevalent during this time There are also many exchanges and connections with entertainment stars of the past and present Most notably Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley, Lily Tomlin, Redd Foxx, George Carlin the Jackson 5Mirron Willis did the narration Author Kevin Cook I thought did a fantastic job with time lining and reflection Like most, the character Geraldine remains in memory That she became the monster that haunted him is very similar to how Tyler Perry feels about Madea Great read for Flip fans and non Flips too


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    I was one of the few people of my age who didn t watch Flip Wilson while I was growing up one of the main writers for The Waltons went to our church, so that s what our family watched but my husband grew up with The Flip Wilson Show and he strongly recommended the book Flip is the deeply researched and well written story of a tortured man, one that gives equal play to his strengths and his demons It surprised me how HARD the man worked for the success he obtained you don t often con I was one of the few people of my age who didn t watch Flip Wilson while I was growing up one of the main writers for The Waltons went to our church, so that s what our family watched but my husband grew up with The Flip Wilson Show and he strongly recommended the book Flip is the deeply researched and well written story of a tortured man, one that gives equal play to his strengths and his demons It surprised me how HARD the man worked for the success he obtained you don t often consider the hours and hours of sheer labor it takes to craft a successful comedy routine, much less a one hour variety show that lived up to Wilson s exacting standards X number of jokes every Y minutes The book also highlights his intelligence and hunger for learning, his sharp business acumen, and his intense loyalty to those who helped him along the way One wonders what his life would have been like if his nightmare childhood in foster homes hadn t left him incapable of maintaining healthy relationships with his partners and children or if he had been able to escape the paranoia induced by years of heavy cocaine use.As the story progresses and Wilson begins to accomplish things, the author, who wrote this with a lot of input from one of Wilson s sons , frequently steps back to put these accomplishments in the context of race relations in the US at the time Flip not only tracks the journey of comedian and businessman Flip Wilson, but looks at how black people were treated in the 1950s, 60s and 70s in America I d recommend this book even to those who are too young to remember Flip Wilson just because it is a fascinating, complex and well told story


  3. says:

    I LOVED THIS BOOK This book is now in my pantheon of top 5 books I have read all time This biography is continually compelling and reads like a novel you can not possibly put down The fact that it is about Flip Wilson, a comedy icon whose memory and relevance is lost to our current generation, makes it evenof a good read.Jokeslots of jokes The humor in the book is probably my favorite part The author was very adept at putting jokes into the work in a manner that mimics real life I LOVED THIS BOOK This book is now in my pantheon of top 5 books I have read all time This biography is continually compelling and reads like a novel you can not possibly put down The fact that it is about Flip Wilson, a comedy icon whose memory and relevance is lost to our current generation, makes it evenof a good read.Jokeslots of jokes The humor in the book is probably my favorite part The author was very adept at putting jokes into the work in a manner that mimics real life our conversations at times are unexpectedly hilarious and it keeps you laughing while you are reading The story is truly inspirational of how Flip Wilson overcame poverty and abuse to become an incredibly gifted, and wealthy, performer for the ages.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a hilarious history lesson about a man who was motivated and driven to succeed from the depths of his being Great story and well put together


  4. says:

    Nicely done bio of the first African American comedian to have his own big hit TV show Flip Wilson s gift was to come off as a self confident and charming guy But he worked like mad and used a lot of drugs to maintain this persona His life story is a classic rags to riches tale and instructive to any student of comedy or making it in America Redd Foxx, George Carlin and Richard Pryor guest star.


  5. says:

    This zippy little bio gives readers the whole scoop on both Flip, the man, and the worlds he inhabited Something of Flip s almost supernatural likability permeates the book, rendering even his flaws entertaining.


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    I was 7 when Flip s variety show premiered While I don t know if I caught that first episode, I was a fan throughout his 4 year run I was a dedicated TV watcher, and Flip was one that I watched religiously He was a king of the catch phrase, which came in handy the next day at elementary school And I watched his guest appearances on all the other talk shows I watched, like Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, and Johnny Carson But when his show disappeared, so did he, at least to me I always wondered I was 7 when Flip s variety show premiered While I don t know if I caught that first episode, I was a fan throughout his 4 year run I was a dedicated TV watcher, and Flip was one that I watched religiously He was a king of the catch phrase, which came in handy the next day at elementary school And I watched his guest appearances on all the other talk shows I watched, like Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas, and Johnny Carson But when his show disappeared, so did he, at least to me I always wondered what happened to him, and that s why I chose to listen to this audiobook This ends up being a strange biography, in that Wilson s life is almost as mysterious to me after reading it as before He had a difficult upbringing, joining the Air Force and finding his comedic voice there The author positions him as an inbetweener in comedic generations, learning in a kind of raucous post vaudeville environment and being at the top of his game prior to the Priors and Carlins, who he helped by giving writing jobs The most interesting insight I gleaned from the book is that Flip was the proto typical early retiree wannabe He had a plan to reach the pinnacle of his career and get out within 15 years of leaving the air force And he made investments to make this happen The author relates that Flip produced his show and was known for pinching pennies, but also for taking the savings and sharing with the production staff of the show He was a role model for early retirees, except for the drug habit, at least.The end of the book showed Flip was a successful man in his career who was not successful in his family life His actions with his family were described as very strange, sometimes living for the moment, like flying to Hawaii on a whim, and sometimes very guarded You might think these behaviors were his response to shepherding his wealth, but his actions were the same throughout his life The book has many funny and interesting anecdotes about Flip s life While my question of what really happened to him wasn t answered to my satisfaction, it was still quite an entertaining book


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    LJ Reviews 2013 March 2Website The Last Headbangers NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless 70s traces the groundbreaking and ultimately heartbreaking career of Clerow Flip Wilson, the athlete TIME magazine called TV s first black superstar After an emotionally and physically scarring childhood and a stint in the Air Force, Wilson moved on to the African American friendly performance venues known as the Chitlin Circuit, where he took a scholarly approach LJ Reviews 2013 March 2Website The Last Headbangers NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless 70s traces the groundbreaking and ultimately heartbreaking career of Clerow Flip Wilson, the athlete TIME magazine called TV s first black superstar After an emotionally and physically scarring childhood and a stint in the Air Force, Wilson moved on to the African American friendly performance venues known as the Chitlin Circuit, where he took a scholarly approach to comedy Successful television appearances many on Johnny Carson s Tonight Show led to The Flip Wilson Show, a wildly successful variety vehicle that allowed Wilson to spotlight both black and white entertainers Despite his polished television performance, Wilson s life was rougher off camera His family saw him mostly on television the drugs that fueled his creativity also fed his paranoia talent he launched, such as George Carlin and Richard Pryor, soon surpassed him with their edgier styles VERDICT Cook crafts a personal and tragic biography, drawing from Wilson s unpublished writings and input from Wilson s son Kevin as well as his contemporaries, including Lily Tomlin and Gladys Knight Cook also contextualizes Wilson s life against the racially charged atmosphere of the 1950s through the 1970s this makes the book an important and recommended piece of African American history Terry Bosky, Palm Beach Cty Lib Syst., FL


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    This is a well researched, brisk read about the man and woman Geraldine who was probably my first exposure to African American anything, growing up as I did in rural Ohio I was 4 or 5 when his show aired, and I remember loving it, and loving Geraldine especially.After a horrible, Dickensian childhood, Clerow Wilson joined the Air Force, discovered his talent for comedy, and spent 15 years struggling on the Chitlin Circuit until he made it to the Tonight Show and his own program After endi This is a well researched, brisk read about the man and woman Geraldine who was probably my first exposure to African American anything, growing up as I did in rural Ohio I was 4 or 5 when his show aired, and I remember loving it, and loving Geraldine especially.After a horrible, Dickensian childhood, Clerow Wilson joined the Air Force, discovered his talent for comedy, and spent 15 years struggling on the Chitlin Circuit until he made it to the Tonight Show and his own program After ending the show it was still popular after 4 years, but dropping in the ratings , Flip spent most of the rest of his life smoking weed, snorting cocaine, and sleeping with women A private, mostly solitary man, Flip would often get in one of his Rolls Royces and drive until he felt like stopping Thanks to a contract which left him the owner of his show, he was wealthy enough to never need work again, and with the exception of a disastrous attempt at Cosby Show replication, he pretty much didn t After hearing a somewhat embarrassing appearance on Howard Stern in the mid 90s, when Wilson talked about and demonstrated his penis pump, I had just assumed he had fallen on hard times, so it was nice to hear he was so well off, even if he was a constant drug user and spotty father But I didn t lose any respect for him after reading this book in fact, his variety show work ethic made me admire and love him like my 4 year old self all over again


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    When I was 9 or 10, Flip Wilson was probably my favorite comedian, and I looked forward to watching his show each week But then he went off the air, and in the years to come, I rarely gave Flip any thought at all Kevin Cook, however, remembered Flip Wilson enough to be motivated to write this biography.The book was fast moving Too fast moving I would have appreciated a bitdepth Not necessarily Robert Caro style depth, but I think the book would have been better if it was about 400 pag When I was 9 or 10, Flip Wilson was probably my favorite comedian, and I looked forward to watching his show each week But then he went off the air, and in the years to come, I rarely gave Flip any thought at all Kevin Cook, however, remembered Flip Wilson enough to be motivated to write this biography.The book was fast moving Too fast moving I would have appreciated a bitdepth Not necessarily Robert Caro style depth, but I think the book would have been better if it was about 400 pages, maybe, instead of only 227 Note to animal lovers, especially cat lovers there s one anecdote that will disturb and perhaps enrage you I won t recount it here, but you ve been warned.Flip Wilson could sometimes be sweet and generous, but on balance,often than not, it seems, he was a jerk that I would say people were better off not having in their lives The ten year old version of me would have been very disappointed to learn these details of Flip Wilson s private life, but the current 50 year old me has become a lotjaded to this kind of stuff


  10. says:

    As a child I heard people saying The Devil made me do it and What you see is what you get and I thought Flip was funny, but I had no idea how groundbreaking the man behind the mirth really was Cook does a super job placing Wilson in context of the racial tensions of the day Like so many comic geniuses, Wilson had a terrible childhood I had such a clear picture of his dedication to the funny thanks to Cook, and enjoyed his layered look at a deeply troubled man He was incredibly loyal As a child I heard people saying The Devil made me do it and What you see is what you get and I thought Flip was funny, but I had no idea how groundbreaking the man behind the mirth really was Cook does a super job placing Wilson in context of the racial tensions of the day Like so many comic geniuses, Wilson had a terrible childhood I had such a clear picture of his dedication to the funny thanks to Cook, and enjoyed his layered look at a deeply troubled man He was incredibly loyal to other entertainers he admired, admirably helped the next generation of comic masters on their way up, but he was a real creep to the women in his life Wilson was fairly lame as a Dad, yet Cook helps you see why that was such a difficulty for him he loved his kids but didn t know how to show that very well Well researched page turner


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