Friday, February 4, 2011

Black Eyes Peas Memoir

Most of America knows that L.A, hip hop band The Black Eyed Peas will perform at the Super Bowl’s halftime show on Sunday. As it happens, one of the group’s rappers, Taboo, will publish his memoir, Fallin' Up: My Story, next week.

The book is ghosted by Angeleno Steve Dennis, a Yorkshire native who’s made much of his living ghosting books including a footballer and Lady Diana’s butler. (Not the same person.)
Black Eyed Peas; Taboo second from right
I met Steve because he wrote an eccentric book on Britney Spears in which he enlisted a psychotherapist to help understand the troubled singer. Here is my story on the book and its controversial reception. 
And Dennis tells me this about the Taboo book:

“It's the first memoir to emerge from one of the Black Eyed Peas, charting
their rise from LA underground group to their current "global dominance" (Rolling Stone)

The book charts both Taboo's personal story -- rising up from gangland turf in East LA, becoming a teenage dad at 18, achieving the dream, almost de-railing the dream with drink/drugs addiction, before finding redemption -- and the group's unique musical story.

Along the way, there are great anecdotes throughout the journey from 1995-2010 about Eminem, Macy Gray, Sting, James Brown, U2, the Rolling Stones and Prince.”

The book, on Simon and Schuster, comes out on Tuesday.

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