When Bill Cosby’s bio came out earlier in the year, it’s fair to say many folks were disappointed. It told a polished version of the veteran comedian’s life that steered clear of moments of controversy; like the 13 rape accusations levelled against him. Mark Whitaker, its author, was at pains to explain that the book was not part of a Bill Cosby PR campaign. In an interview with the Huffington Post he even claims there was stuff that the 77 year-old comic told him that he deliberately excluded. Sure, there are some morsels on extra-marital affairs but other than that few folks would have a reason to swipe away their hard-earned dollars for the ‘authoritative’ Bill Cosby biography.
A collection of past interviews
But I’m sure there are still thousands who will still add the Cosby bio to their private libraries, especially after the Hannibal Buress attacks, and yet more will do the same for Swiss journalist Christophe Passer’s work on Pharrell Williams’ life. This piece of non-fiction is centered around the 20 years of the ‘Happy’ star’s career leading up to his infectious global hit. Titled ‘Pharrell Williams, a 21st century icon’, it is targeted at both those who discovered Pharrell after ‘Happy’ and those who’ve known him since his early Neptunes days. If you buy this book looking for juicy personal titbits you will be disappointed. You’ll get less out of the book than those who purchased the Bill Cosby bio. Passer himself admits he didn’t have the time to go around collecting the accounts of those who grew up with Pharrell or those who surround him today. The book is merely a collection of past interviews and other records on the 41 year-old.
Personally I’d rather spend my 12€ ($15) at KFC, or save up and cop ‘Places and Spaces I’ve Been’, which Williams wrote himself (which is one of Passer’s sources). How many of Pharrell’s interviews are not available online? Do you want to know what really boils my coffee? Folks making a shitload from the life stories of people who’ve been making the headlines for reasons good or bad. And not telling us anything we don’t already know, or can’t find out for ourselves. Think of how many Obama bios surfaced after he checked into the White House for the first time. Few of them had little more to offer other than another Barack Obama portrait. Before you go enriching some nondescript journalist, it’s worth finding out whether you’re getting any real value; any truly fresh revelations, real info you can sink your teeth into from that bio.
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