Built on groundbreaking research, Becoming Richard Pryor brings into sharp focus the man and his genius as never before. From his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the army, and his improv days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his rise in the “New Hollywood” of the 1970s, Becoming Richard Pryor sheds light on an entertainer who, by uniting the spirits of the Black Power movement and the counterculture, forever altered the cultural DNA of America.
“Becoming Richard Pryor takes you on a wild, tumultuous ride. Scott Saul’s superb storytelling is a perfect match for his subject--he keeps you mesmerized, laughing, crying, stunned, hungry, and above all, surprised.” — Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
“Becoming Richard Pryor is a book that breaks new ground...Saul details the amazing way that Richard found his way out of the life for which he seemed destined and into the world of the performing arts.” — New York Times Book Review
Saul is a Professor of English at UC, Berkeley and the author of Freedom Is, Freedom Ain't: Jazz and the Making of the 60's.