Los Angeles: Holloway House, 1971. First Printing. Small octavo. (18 cm x 10.5 cm.) 248 pp. Paperback original. Photo-illustrated titles in black on front and spine, with photo-image of author on front and verso. Publisher serial number 88-414 above title and on spine indicating First Printing. Advertisements at rear. Very small stain to top edge. Book bright and tight. Fine. Item #199
Autobiography of writer and pimp, Robert Beck -- street and pen name, Iceberg Slim. Writing grim, noirish tales about Black street life when he wasn't hustling or pimping women, Iceberg Slim has become a legend of the lowdown since his death in 1992. When he was too old to pimp, according to Beck himself, and encouraged by his wife, Beck committed himself to writing wild and gritty novels using his experiences in the criminal underworld. He wrote his autobiography with the same astounding amount of ego and gusto he lived. Unapologetic about his life, Beck writes unsparingly about who he was and what he did. He has been compared to many writers including literary authors like James Joyce but his greatest influence has been on American Black Popular culture and American culture at large. His approach to language and street life as inspiration can be heard in Hip-Hop and seen in movies from the Blaxploitation movies of the 1970s to the latest attempt to bring gritty realism to the big screen. A lowdown pimp that became a giant literary force of nature, Robert Beck aka Iceberg Slim did not believe he was going to change anything, he wrote because he needed money, and he knew writing was also all part of "playing the con" of American life. An amazing copy with none of the usual toning to pages found in this edition.