Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 5 June 2012.
From his impoverished childhood in Harlem and Jamaica, through his meteoric rise as an international calypso star, provocative crossover into Hollywood where he broke down many racial barriers, passionate lifelong involvement in the civil rights movement and myriad other social causes, to his personal struggles and rich friendships, this is a remarkable, multifaceted and hugely inspirational story.
Written with Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Schnayerson, My Song is an inspiring story of performance and protest, from a superstar singer and actor who was on the front lines of practically every progressive political battle in modern memory. Along the way, he befriended some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, from Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando and Sidney Poitier to Martin Luther King, the Kennedys, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fidel Castro, James Baldwin, Bob Dylan and Nelson Mandela.
'A gorgeous account of the large life of a Harlem boy' - New York Times
'A man whose story should be told for generations to come' Robert Redford
Publication date: 07/06/2012
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th June 2012|
|Publisher:||Canongate Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
|Categories:||Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Folk & traditional music, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups,|
Harry Belafonte's 1956 album Calypso made him the first artist in history to sell more than one million LPs. He has won both a Tony award and an Emmy, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He has served a a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is the recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He currently reside in New York City with his wife, Pamela. Author photo © Pamela BelafonteMore About Harry Belafonte