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Me Against Myself: The Words and Music of Tupac Shakur
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Me Against Myself: The Words and Music of Tupac Shakur (Hardback)

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The legends of the music industry are consistently among the most revered celebrities in popular culture. We know everything about them - who they dated, where they played, and how they died. However, what they sought to tell us through their music often remains undiscovered or forgotten. "The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection" provides critical analysis and commentary on the work of such important artists as John Lennon, Carole King, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa, Tupac Shakur, and David Bowie, and does so in the hope that, from behind such legendary faces, voices can again emerge. Though nearly a decade has passed since his death, Tupac Amaru Shakur (b. 1971, d. 1996) remains vibrantly alive in the minds of many Americans. Tupac was at once a poet and a gangster, a conscious leader and a gun-wielding menace, a feminist and a misogynist. As a ubiquitous figure of popular culture, he consistently resisted categorization. It is for this reason that he was, and remains, so profoundly significant to his fans and so profitable to those who have commercially released his music.

This in-depth study provides a comprehensive portrait of the artist through the work that he produced and within the elaborate cultural contexts - including the East Coast/West Coast conflict in Hip Hop, the Ebonics Controversy, music censorship, gang violence, Police brutality, and teen pregnancy - in which his music thrived. The book includes a brief biography and an assessment of Tupac's film work.

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresIndividual composers & musicians, specific bands & groupsMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresRap & Hip-Hop Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 01/05/2007 ISBN-13: 9780275990909  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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JAMES B. PETERSON is Assistant Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. He has previously contributed to Greenwood Press's Encyclopedia on Youth Culture and has written extensively about Hip Hop Culture in magazines, journals, and books.

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