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by Eddie B. Allen Jr.

eBook Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines download ISBN: 0312383517
Author: Eddie B. Allen Jr.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (May 13, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 224
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Category: Political
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Allen illuminates the life and writings of arguably the most influential chronicler of black urban life in the post-World . Goines' legacy is maintained by a hip-hop generation that is just as invisible and ignored

Allen illuminates the life and writings of arguably the most influential chronicler of black urban life in the post-World War II era. Goines' legacy is maintained by a hip-hop generation that is just as invisible and ignored thankfully brings that legacy into even sharper focus. For readers who are looking for the definitive story of Donald Goines's life, a wonderful addition to their bookshelves about black popular culture and its icons, and simply, a great read, this is the book.

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Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. This is, by far, the best biography of Donald Goines availible

Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. This is, by far, the best biography of Donald Goines availible. It incorporates every ounce of availible material, including interviews that will soon be impossible given the presently diminishing number of individuals to consult. Some people have objected to the asides about the state of black America and the situation in Detroit in the book, but the only reason for such asides is clearly the sheer lack of information availible on the life of Goines.

Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen explores exactly how one man could make the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and his fictional tales.

Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines is the result of a community effort that could not have been sustained to completion without prayers, support, time, encouragement, and other valuable resources provided by the following: Eddie B. Allen, S. and Linell Allen; Charles. and Linell Allen; Charles Glover; my agent and the wonderful ambassador of kwan, Susan Raihofer, who played Mick to my humble Rocky; Joan Coney and Marie Richardson; Monique Patterson and St. Martin’s Press, who took the chance; DMX and Brandon Himmel; attorneys Larry Pepper and Barbara Cohen; Paul Lee/Best Efforts, In. Curtis Jamaal Allen.

Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. He was also one of world's most popular Black contemporary writers.

In his book The Low Road, Eddie B. Allen remarks that the series was a departure from some of Goines's other works, with the character of Kenyatta symbolizing a sense . Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004. Allen remarks that the series was a departure from some of Goines's other works, with the character of Kenyatta symbolizing a sense of liberation for Goines. Inner City Hoodlum, which Goines had finished before his death, was published posthumously in 1975. Set in Los Angeles, the novel was about heroin, money and murder.

The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines

The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines. Eddie B. Allen, Jr. St. Martin's Griffin. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and fictional tales. Connect with the author. Allen illuminates the life and writings of arguably the most influential chronicler of black urban life in the post-World War II era. Goines' legacy is maintained by a hip-hop generation that is just as invisible and ignored.

Eddie B. Donald Goines was a pimp, a truck driver, a heroin addict, a factory worker, and a career criminal. Having published 16 novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool, Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer.

Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines is a forthcoming biopic based on the 2004 book published by St. Martin's Press. The film and book re-trace the path of America's most legendary urban author. Writer Author of: Low Road: The Life and Legacy of Donald Goines. Eddie Allen adındaki daha fazla kişiyi gör.

Donald Goines was a pimp, truck driver, heroin addict, factory worker, and career criminal. He was also one of the most popular Black contemporary writers having published sixteen novels, including Whoreson, Dopefiend, and Daddy Cool. Goines's unique brand of "street narrative" and "ghetto realism" mark him as the original street writer. Now, in the first in-depth biography of Goines's life, author Eddie B. Allen, Jr. explores exactly how one man made the transition from street hustler to bestselling author. With exclusive access to personal letters, treatments from unwritten books, photographs, and family members, Allen uncovers Goines's experiences with drugs, prostitutes, prison, and urban violence. Fans of Goines's novels will note a dramatic parallelism between his life and fictional tales.

Comments: (7)
Vichredag
This book doesn't shed a ton of light on the story of Donald Goines, but to be fair, Donnie's world was a very dark one, and he may have hidden many of the details of his private life by design. This book is certainly better than the rush-job bio that came out about Goines shortly after the author's death (with the publishers shamefully using a photo of the author in his coffin on the cover), and Allen Jr. writes well enough for those blank spaces and blind alleys in the saga of Goines to be forgiven.

Eddie B. Allen follows Goines from his childhood in "Black Bottom," an area of Detroit (wrongly labeled a "ghetto" in some journalistic accounts) where his parents ran a thriving dry-cleaning business. The bio then follows Goines to his stint in the Air Force in Korea (where his addiction to heroin only deepened) followed by his return to the States. After that, things get really rough for Donnie, as he goes to jail on a "baby bid" and then does a more serious stint in prison. In the end Goines "makes good" to the extent that he can, not besting the demon "Wong" as he called heroin, but managing to write something on the order of sixteen novels while managing his habit until the day he and his wife were shot to death in their home.

The mystery surrounding Goines' murder is addressed, and while it would be unreasonable to demand that Allen solve a stone-cold cast single-handed, he does a good job of offering several plausible theories for who was behind the author's death. All in all this is a short, but respectable attempt to chronicle the life of a man who is famous in certain circles and forgotten (or totally unknown) in others. Goines' footprint grows steadily by the day in the hip-hop community (and in the wider world of pop culture and white America's fascination with all facets of the black experience), which makes this book not only a solid account of Goines' life, but also a welcome curative to the thuggish appropriation of Goines' tragic world by people who glory in rather than learn from the author's mistakes. Recommended.
Quphagie
Donald Goines's book helped to start my addiction and passion to reading. Hoping to pass this habit to my niece, I recently bought her several of his books and realized I didn't know much about the author. I hope this book would provide this background, which it did.

I had several problems with this book. The book provide the basics of Mr. Goines' life, but frankly there didn't seem that there was much to tell. His story could have been told in 1/3 of the length.

Second, the author filled many of the pages with historical data of various African American figures, riots, etc. and other random tidbits that had no explanatory value to the subject at hand. This attempt came across as a shallow effort to fill pages and masquerade the work as some scholarly work. I applaud the attempt, but it missed the mark.

Third, it is one thing to use profanity that the subject or a character would use, but the author's use of these unnecessary adjectives in his writing for emphasis were distasteful.

Lastly, the work was too apologetic. The author was certainly biased to favor the subject, his environment, and the plight of African Americans writ large and the work reflected this. I would have preferred an objective handling of the data and better editing.

What I remember most about Donald Goines' work is that he was unapologetic. The story was presented in its raw form without judgement. Ultimately, it was up to the reader to choose right from wrong. His work is thought provoking. This author should have attempted to emulate this objectivity.
Xcorn
Eddie Allen, I feel is a great writer, but here the story gets lost as he drifts off into subject matters that had nothing to do with Goines himself. Maybe he should write a book on African-American history, but I feel he should've stuck to the subject itself. For the reader who doesn't know that much about Goines, it will give you an insight into the fact that he didn't make much money as a writer and the books he wrote didn't take much imagination.
Tygokasa
I have read several of Donald Goines books; so I always wondered about him. I am glad to have this book so that I have some understanding of how he went from criminal to up standing citizen.
Glei
Although I doubt this is the definitive book (or last word) on the late Donald Goines.
The other thing that I truly wonder about: how much input/editing did Goines' editors do? Furthermore, did Goines
actually write all those books?––or were any of them ghost written? Entirely, or partially?

Will we ever find out who killed him & why?
Diredefender
Its about time Donald got recognition as an author. He had a ery sad and difficult life. Its a blessing that he was able to share that with others through his writings.
MrDog
I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT HIM RECENTLY. ABOUT A YEAR AGO I READ ICEBERG SLIM'D BOOK,PIMP. I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HIM EITHER. BY LOOKING UP HIM I FOUNF OUT ABOUT DONALD GOINES. WHAT A HARD LIFE HE HAD,GETTING HOOKED ON DRUGS AT AN EARLY AGE,BUT WHAT A WRITER. RAW EDGY. HE WROTE ABOUT WHAT HE LIVED. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
I BECAME A FAN OF DONALD GOINES IN THE SEVENTY HOWEVER THERE WAS VERY LITTLE KNOW ABOUT THE MAN HIMSELF THANKS TO MR ALLEN I NOW KNOW THE WHOLE STORY EXCELLENT READING