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Book Excerpt: The Groundbreaking Transformation of Richard Pryor

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Tomorrow, your film editor’s third book, Richard Pryor: American Id, hits shelves (a book, by the way, borne out of a post on this very website). What follows, rather than the customary book excerpt, is an “outtake” — a bit from the book, cut due to length, detailing Pryor’s transition from a vanilla mainstream comedian into the fierce voice of ‘70s black consciousness that America came to know, love, and fear.
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