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A thought-provoking, straight-forward commentary on pre-existing social patterns that teach African Americans to disrespect themselves. Vintage; Reprint edition November 13, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention belafonte harry rights civil movement king martin luther important knew struggle singer personal role entertainer struggles learned success american involved. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
Please try again later. Many people know well his songs, movie roles, and still-going entertainment career. But far fewer are aware of how involved and important he was with the civil rights movement. This book tells Harry's story from when he was a child a rough experience , how he got involved with music and show biz, the segregation he constantly ran into, plus all his relationships and actions with key black figures such as Paul Robeson, Sydney Poitier, Martin Luther King, etc. One that people might vividly recall, where he was the prime pusher, is the "We are the world" song with many key players e.
Many pictures add much to this excellent book. For those who have read Taylor Branch's trilogy on the history of the civil rights movement, My Song is an excellent and uplifting book that illuminates much more than the story of one man's contribution to our nation's history.
And for those who aren't familiar with Branch's work, reading My Song might compel you to read more about the history Belafonte helped shape. It is wrong to categorize this autobiography among the self-indulgent "books" written by too many persons in the world of entertainment I'm still scarred by the experience of trying to trudge through Quincy Jones' narcissistic love letter to himself and have avoided these types of books like the plague.
Harry Belafonte is so much more than an entertainer. Indeed, as he makes clear throughout, his celebrity gave him the means to focus his anger about racism, Jim Crow, and injustice throughout the world in constructive ways that have changed our world for the better. Belofonte was born at the right time.
He engaged in the fundamental issues dear to him and was able to exploit his talents unlike anyone before, and inspired the activism of celebrities in later generations. And we should never forget his talent and devotion to making the music of struggle and hope available and relevant to us all. This autobiography elevates our knowledge about the stories behind so many of the fundamental struggles of our age. I've listened to my Belafonte records with a depth of appreciation I never understood fully until I read My Song. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I think this should be a must read for any body studying the Black struggle and what was went through by so many of the individuals who were so instrumental in this movement for freedom and justice.
I had no idea of the significant role Harry Belafonte played and what he went through to assist in tis movement.. I knew of Harry, but I never seen him perform in person or even bought any of his albums. Thank God he was able to develop his talent in singing that helped to generate his career that helped to finance and provide advice and guidance to the civil rights movement of this country and other African nations. If anyone wants to know about this era even as far back as the early 30s this is a good book to read. My Song is a true memoir that gives detail description of his private life and his association with such legendary people such as Paul Roberson, Martin Luther King Jr, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poiter and the list goes on and on.
Thank you Harry for what you did and I hope to one day enjoy the music that as a child growing up in the inner city, I could not appreciate the form of music because I could not afford to go see you perform or was not allowed to attend due to by race. This is a must read. Audible Audiobook Verified Purchase. Belafonte has written what I consider a history book.
He speaks of his parents - both from Jamaica, his wives - there were three, his four children and their marriages and children, his friends, his acquaintances and many, many others. His experiences - both in civil rights and the entertainment industry - are broad based. The amount of money he spent on various causes is nothing short of phenomenal. He gave millions to civil rights. The tumult of the s was vividly recounted,including Belafonte's own experiences with racists. I was especially interested in what Belafonte thought of Grenada, where the movie 'Island in the Sun' in which he starred, was shot.
Grenada "was beautiful" he said. A terrific book which I recommend. One person found this helpful. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 6 months ago. Published 7 months ago. Published 8 months ago. Published 9 months ago. It was extraordinary reading Published 1 year ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance.
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Thank you for your feedback. Read reviews that mention war denny ptsd flying flew army personal served pilots experiences raw young account experienced flight tour saw hornets finish helicopters. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Hornet 33, or Ed Denny if you wish, fought one hell of a war. The man performed with honor and fulfilled the mission to the max.
BUT, oh my god what he had to go through. A gifted Army Aviator, he did his job with a Huey strapped to his butt. He flew some easy missions and a lot of dangerous ones. In his year in country, 33 saw and experienced fighting and death, especially death of close friends.
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One, a home town boy, was blown out of the sky 10 minutes after they'd renewed their acquaintance at the POL. This reminiscence is his valiant and cathartic effort to get beyond the PTSD he lived with for years after Vietnam. I want to believe he has found a place of stability if not peace. Hell, of course it would take a lifetime to come to grips with what happened on his very last flight in Vietnam, er, um Laos.
Hand salute to Hornet I served with the th Assault Helicopter during the time, author Ed Denny served as a pilot. I do not recall Denny, but our paths surely crossed. My perspective is a little different, in that I was an enlisted man, crew chief and door gunner with the Hornets Stinger gunship platoon. Denny cited events involving the Stingers many times in his book. Our mission was different than the slicks. We did not carry troops or supplies and were armed to the teeth with weapons.
Denny is correct in his characterization of the Stingers. Our focus was to accumulate enemy body count, protecting our slicks and the grunts on the ground. We encountered a company size formation of NVA. We later heard a park in Kenny's hometown was dedicated in his name.
With respect, Denny did not say much about the Stinger door gunners, who racked up a considerable portion of Stinger kills. The Stingers only accepted the deadliest marksmen as crewmen and it was quite an honor to be a Stinger as well as a member of the Hornets. The Stingers were a patriotic bunch. However, the lack of public support for the unpopular war, our government's questionable rationale to enter and prolong the war and the backlash at that time against the warriors who fought and died has been a wound that will never heal.
The typical Navy stories involve what I call the brotherhood of war, shared suffering, courage, excitement, near-misses and some losses. When a death or killing occurs it is usually at some distance--a bomb kills some unknown persons; a pilot is never seen again. Ed Denny's stories are quite different. There is nothing glorious about his war.
The death he witnesses and causes are up close, bloody, terrifying. The deaths of his friends are personal. The war in Vietnam was horrific for many. It's no wonder so many veterans suffer from PTSD. Denny's horrors got only worse as his year in Vietnam progressed, ending in an unimaginable battle for survival at what was supposed to be a routine flight. There is nothing glorious about Denny's war. It was awful, dirty, bloody, wasteful, insane. I've read literally hundreds of books written by veterans telling of their personal experiences in Vietnam.
Whether written by a grunt, a helicopter pilot, a jet pilot, a doctor or a nurse, every story is unique and deserves to be told.
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I particularly enjoyed Hornet Ed Denny tells his story on a very personal level, with no hype and virtually no political views. His writing exposes the raw gut wrenching emotions he experienced as a combat helicopter pilot. At times the story had me laughing out loud, and at other times, I found myself reading with tears running down my cheeks realizing the inhumanity and horror experienced so often by Hornet 33, a very moral and decent human being. I highly recommend this book!