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Robert Beck better known as Iceberg Slim, was an American pimp who subsequently became The book claims that during his career he had over women, both black and . Jump up to: Valdivia, Victor W. "Iceberg Slim: Reflections". “[In Pimp], Iceberg Slim breaks down some of the coldest, capitalist concepts I've ever heard in my Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Start by marking “Pimp: The Story of My Life” as Want to Read: Robert (Iceberg Slim) Beck's first book is told without bitterness and with no pretense at moralizing. Iceberg Slim, AKA Robert Beck, attended Tuskegee University until he was expelled for selling bootleg liquor.
Early life[ edit ] Robert Maupin was born in Chicago , Illinois. He spent his childhood in Milwaukee , Wisconsin , and Rockford, Illinois , until he returned to Chicago. When his mother was abandoned by his father, she established a beauty shop and worked as a domestic to support both of them in Milwaukee. She earned enough money working in her salon to give her son the privileges of a middle-class life such as a college education, which at that time was difficult for the average person. The book claims that during his career he had over women, both black and white, working for him.
I live in NYC but couldn't get it from the library--that may be different now. Also, for some reason, I had trouble finding it on site-- that also may be different now.
In any case, when I found it, I found it riveting. This was not 'liter It took me a long time to find this book. This was not 'literature' in any sense. This was life put down on paper and slotted between a front and back cover. The immediacy of it, the spontaneity and verve of it, was and is electric. What's fascinating is the fact that he comes from a different generation than the Black Panthers these essays I believe werer written in the 60's and he's sort of dealing with the more angry generation at the time.
I think a lot of the younger people at the time saw Iceberg from another and dated era.
Still, Iceberg writes from the heart, and he is one of America's great writers. One of these days there will be an American Library edition of his works. The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim is a collection of essays he wrote as Robert Beck that pertained to his life as a pimp, his jail experience, his opinion about the pimp game as a retired veteran, and other musings he had during his life. This collection of Iceberg's essays really shed some light about how he thought, who he was as a person beyond being a pimp, and the ins and outs of the risky life he lead as a majorly successful pimp.
Robert Beck also shared his thoughts and perspectives of the The Naked Soul of Iceberg Slim is a collection of essays he wrote as Robert Beck that pertained to his life as a pimp, his jail experience, his opinion about the pimp game as a retired veteran, and other musings he had during his life.
Robert Beck also shared his thoughts and perspectives of the world as a conscious African American male. Iceberg was a really conscious soul brother who cared about his plight of the black race, especially now that he is done with being brainwashed about pimping.
Having read this book prior in college, I had a chance to revisit this book as a more mature adult, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although quite different from his memoir, Pimp, The Story of My Life, I was still intrigued about this short collection of essays he wrote.
This collection showed his writing ability, shared with his audience who he really wanted to be, how he despised himself as a pimp, and interaction with others about what interested him. This book is a true testament of how someone who is a drug addict, infatuated by dehumanizing others, and selling his soul to the highest bidder for the quick dollar, and somehow still rise about and get out of the game.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and rate it a 5.
This is easily a must read over and over. Feb 28, Alonzo Smith rated it really liked it. I'm going to go out on a limb and call this the most important book that Mr. Slim ever wrote.
It's unlike his other books in that it's a collection of essays, anecdotes and letters. Despite that, there was never a dull moment. This is one of the few books that I've read that's challenged me to rethink my views on race.
I'd recommend this book to everybody that can get their hands on it. While it may not have the same impact on you as it did on me, I think it will at least encourage a discussion. Which is all that you can ask a good book to do.
Four and a half stars I know this is nitpicky, but I had to take off a half star because the book was too short. Nov 15, Eloka rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Hey friends. I know it must be too much to ask but if there's any suggestion or direction to how I could get this to read, maybe a site to download.
Will be appreciated. May 30, Floyd Webb rated it it was amazing. Poignant essays about life in "the game" in the marginal communities of African America by legendary reformed pimp Iceberg Slim aka Robert Beck. Feb 02, Louise rated it really liked it. Sleazy goodtimes. More likely, the name was a mundane reference to his pimp's ruthlessness and his slender build.
Slim informed the archetype of the blaxploitation movie pimp and street hustler - from violent and edgy incarnations to the more benign, such as Antonio Fargas's Huggy Bear in the TV Starsky and Hutch, updated with added "ice" by Snoop Dogg in the movie version. Slim worked Chicago's unforgiving streets, and was imprisoned more than once.
He did a stretch in Leavenworth and then spent the best part of in solitary confinement at Cook County House of Corrections. It was this last spell inside that motivated Slim to reject crime and try to write about his experiences.
He moved to California in the s to pursue a writer's life, changing his name to Robert Beck, the adopted surname belonging to his mother's then husband. Pimp, described as an "autobiographical novel", was published in by Holloway House. The New York Times decided the subject matter was too rich and refused to print an advert for it, but the book was soon being shelved alongside the works of other black authors of the 60s and 70s, such as Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice, Bobby Seale's Seize the Time and Malcolm X's autobiography.
As the more militant black movements established a foothold in African-American communities, Slim met Huey P Newton and other members of the Black Panther party, whom he regarded as kindred spirits. Either through political naivety or hustler's self-justification, he considered his success as a pimp as having struck a blow against white oppression.
The Black Panthers, however, had little regard for him, considering his former profession to be little more than the exploitation of his own people for personal gain. Yet Slim's books were successful, and immediately attracted widespread attention among black youth.
Even Hollywood got interested: following the success of The Godfather, gangster chic was in vogue. Trick Baby made it on to the screen in , directed by Larry Yust. Universal Pictures snapped up the film rights to Pimp, only for the project to be thought too contentious and put on indefinite hold. For many years rumours have abounded that a film of the book is about to be produced, with the rival Slim-inspired "Ices", T and Cube, vying for the lead role.
One of Slim's most endearing features was that he never made any excuses for the life he had led. His writing is characterised by a scrupulous honesty about both the social reality and the hyperreal theatricality of street life - the template for the hip-hoppers and rappers who followed him.
Slim admitted that one reason he stopped pimping and became a writer was his fear of being exploited by younger prostitutes. In his works, the hookers are seldom simply victims of the pimps but more often fellow ghetto strugglers with the same grifter sensibility. Iceberg Slim did for the pimp what Jean Genet did for the homosexual and thief and William Burroughs did for the junky: he articulated the thoughts and feelings of someone who had been there.
The big difference is that they were white. Unlike them, and despite one Harvard study of Pimp as a "transgressive novel", Slim was, and still is, marginalised as a writer. So how good is he? But Iceberg Slim was born circa , following the assassination of Malcolm X and the uprising in Watts. Perhaps one day I can win respect as a constructive human being. How could an author whose sales figures topped two million in just a few years have been so radically misunderstood?
His book helps one to see why Beck could probably never kill the pimp without killing a part of himself, and why, when the fires of rebellion began to peter out, voyeurism and titillation prevailed. When Beck first decided to write his story, he was working as an exterminator and living in South Los Angeles with a young white woman named Betty Mae Shue, her toddler son, and their newborn daughter.
And it was around this time that the Watts rebellion, in August of , shook Beck to his core. Former gang members joined political organizations like the Sons of Watts and, later, the Black Panther Party. Local youth turned a damaged furniture store into the Watts Happening Coffee House, a hangout for would-be militants, artists, and intellectuals.
Beck may also have identified with Malcolm because both men had unresolved conflicts with their mothers. Beck traced his personal trajectory to two traumatic events: Both of these things happened, as he saw it, because of choices that his mother made.
This produced within Beck an intense hatred of her, which led to a hatred of all women. According to a prison psychiatrist, that hatred drove Beck to pimping. Dogged by recurring nightmares of whipping his mother as if she were a slave, Beck spent much of his time in Leavenworth penitentiary, where he was imprisoned in the mid-nineteen-forties, reading Freud, Jung, and Karl Menninger.
Rather than overcoming his feelings, however, he used his new knowledge, after his release, to better subjugate his prostitutes. Upon his release, he raced to Los Angeles so they could spend the rest of her days together.