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Flip

The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar
Cook, Kevin (Book - 2013 )
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"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 "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 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"--
Authors: Cook, Kevin, 1956-
Title: Flip
the inside story of TV's first Black superstar
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2013.
Characteristics: 242 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustration ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "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 "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 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"--
Local Note: 6 15 29 53 59 62 63 66 72 73 77 102 109 118 152 193 203 210 216 231 243 244 250 262 274
ISBN: 9780670025701
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Cook
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: African American television personalities United States Biography. Television personalities United States Biography. African American comedians Biography. Comedians United States Biography. Wilson, Flip.
Topical Term: African American television personalities
Television personalities
African American comedians
Comedians
LCCN: 2012039994
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