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Holler If You Hear Me: Searching For Tupac Shakur Hardcover – Aug 15 2001


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Civitas Books (Aug. 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046501755X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465017553
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,157,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
Not much here -- basically just self-absorbed, ahistorical, post-modernist nonsense. If you want to read the ramblings of someone in love with Jacques Derrida, Foucault etc. trying to show how clever he is, then this is your cup of tea. If you are looking for a book about Tupac Shakur that is actually grounded in empirical reality and has something useful to say, look elsewhwere.
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Format: Hardcover
I not really sure what I think about this book. Being a big fan of Tupac, I'm interested to read any book about him because I like to see how different people view his feelings and his words. But this book really confused me. The whole time I was reading it i was wondering where it was going. It seemed to jump to a totally different subject TOO OFTEN.
If you want read a book about Tupac that will help you learn more about him and what he did. This book isnt for you. This book is really Dyson's insight on how Tupac related to other genre's and problems in the world.
I wouldnt recommend this book to many people, I dont know who I would recommend it to, to be honest. If you are a big 2pac fan, then there probably isnt anything in here that you dont know.
Half the book wanders off in other directions such as the authors view on the "n" word. Personally, If I wanted to read about that then I would read a book about it.
I'm getting mad writing this review so Im just gonna quit. THIS BOOK ISNT ANYTHING SPECIAL, IT GOT ON MY NERVES MORE THAN I ENJOYED IT!!!!
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By Jess on March 12 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am 2Pac's #1 fan. I try to read everything that I can to learn more about 2Pac's life. His words are so real. His life has been amazing. I find him so interesting. I own every album that he has ever made. I think his music is so passionate and a lot of people can relate to his lifestyle. It saddens me that he only had a short time to live. He has made a great impact on many people's lives. And I believe that he will continue to do so for years to come. He's such a talented artist and I respect him so much. This book has many quotes from all the people that knew him. They give their input on his views and his lifestyle-mostly all positive. It makes people understand why he lived the way he lived. I recommend anybody who loves 2Pac to read this book.
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Format: Paperback
This book offer more than just a look at this undeniably great Poet called Tupac, it also looks at the HipHop-culture describing why so many black people uses the "N-WORD" and goes all the way back to slavery to explain this, also the "B-Word" and others reasons in hiphop gets explained (which could be great if for example Right-Wing people like Bill O'Reilly would read this, becouse he is always attacking rappers on his show the factor)...
It's a good book and Michael Eric Dyson is a good writer , u can actually picture Tray-Dee from The Eastsidaz sitting at the dinner-table crying in an interview he did about Tupac in the book.
4 Stars: Quality Stuff
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By Madtea on June 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author offers some insight into cultural issues, but for the most part, this is a very disappointing book that doesn't bring you any closer to understanding Tupac or the choices he made. Both the intended audience and the style of this book are very confused as well - it offers too little insight to be a biography, but is too focused on one individual to be cultural criticism; it's too academic in some ways, and too much like a magazine article in others.
I also echo previous viewers' issues with the author's vocabulary. It's often uncomfortable (like someone is trying too hard to impress you) or completely confounding, such as comparing Tupac's lyrics to 'the ethical poverty of romantic nationalism'. What in the world does that mean, and what does it have to do with Tupac Shakur?
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Format: Hardcover
...First and foremost big up to the Michael Dyson. When I first heard of da book over da net. I really wanted to read it right then and there. This book reveals a lot bout Tupac and da influence his mom had on him and as a young South African dis book teaches me a lot about self respect,respect for others,especially women and that each and everyone of us has got a purpose in dis world
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By YALD on Oct. 6 2002
Format: Hardcover
Nothing comes easier than talk about about what art needs: first of all, it is always arbitrary; second, it just provides theme for philosophizing, and furthermore relieves us of the obligation that not everybody is up to - gratitude for what it is. What a wonderful book this is. A book instantly animated by the breathing of all cultures. So far no one has spoken of Tupac as Dyson does. His words don't simply signify an object or a life, but freely choose and hover freely, like a soul around a body that has been abandoned but not forgotten. Dyson's penetrating gaze goes beyond the biography of Tupac Shakur, it defines the unity in the whirlpool of his life, proposes to us a doctrine of the systematization of phenomenon. The air of this book calls for a flight. Thank you Mr. Dyson.
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By "michalez" on Sept. 14 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think the author spent more time with his face in his thesaurus then he did researching.
why can't writers just WRITE!? why do they always have to spin webs of diction and prose, JUST WRITE so we can JUST READ.
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