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Description - Michael X by John L. Williams

The Michael X story is a tragicomedy of the sixties. It s the extraordinary, all but forgotten, story of a hustler from Trinidad who conquered swinging London. Michael X was the man who knew everyone from Muhammad Ali to Alexander Trocchi, Malcolm X to John Lennon, William Burroughs to Leonard Cohen. He was an extraordinary figure who became the public face of black Britain in the late sixties, before the media tired of him and he fell victim to the hustler s classic mistake - believing his own hype. He moved back to Trinidad started a commune and dreamed of becoming his country s President. Instead two dead bodies were found on his land and he was convicted of murder and hung three years later, despite the best efforts of his celebrity supporters. This biography places Michael X in context. It evokes the many worlds he inhabited, both physical worlds Trinidad in the forties, Tiger Bay in the fifties, Notting Hill in the sixties - and cultural ones emigrants, beatniks, revolutionaries. The Michael X that emerges is not simply the black bogeyman familiar from the British press of the sixties, but a complex individual, full of contradictions- brash and insecure, funny and

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846050954
ISBN-10: 1846050952
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 22mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Century
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John L. Williams

John Williams is the author of six books, most noticeably his Cardiff trilogy and Bloody Valentine (which the police force tried unsuccessfully to ban). John currently writes for the Mail on Sunday, having worked for the Independent; The Sunday Times; NME and as contributing editor of GQ magazine. He was born in Cardiff where he lives now.

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