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Author Cook, Kevin, 1956-

Title Flip: the inside story of TV's first Black superstar [Hoopla electronic resource] / Kevin Cook.

Edition Unabridged.
Imprint [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
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Description 1 online resource (1 audio file (8hr., 04 min.)) : digital.
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Cast Read by Mirron Willis.
Summary The rags-to-riches story of a groundbreaking, beloved entertainer 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.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Wilson, Flip.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
African American comedians -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
Television personalities -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
African American television personalities -- United States -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
Added Author Willis, Mirron E. (Mirron Edward), 1965- Narrator.
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ISBN 9781481594851 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
1481594850 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Music No. MWT10878243
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