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Ali Rap: Muhammad Ali the First Heavyweight Champion of Rap Paperback – October 15, 2006

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Important Dates:
• Dec. 11, 2006: 25th Anniversary of Ali’s last fight
• Jan. 17, 2007: Ali’s 65th birthday

Co-published with ESPN Books

ESPN Television:
• Ali Rap, The Movie: original 1-hour special based on the book. Through actual Ali clips as well as celebrity performers, the show will feature the most colorful and powerful quotes from him over the course of his life. (debut follows the Heisman Trophy Awards: Dec. 9, 2006, 9 p.m.)
• Ali’s Dozen, The Movie: original 1-hour special featuring Ali’s 12 most important boxing rounds. (debuts Dec. 9, 2006, 10 p.m.)
• Ali’s 65, The Movie: original 2-hour special tied to Muhammad Ali’s 65th birthday, celebrating Ali’s unique life and career. Fresh off his Emmy-winning "Rhythm of the Rope," Johnson McKelvy will be the producer for this show. (debuts Jan. 3, 2007, 10 p.m.)
• Ali Rap Vignettes: 30-second shorts of Ali’s most memorable declarations (running daily, Dec. 9, 2006 – Jan. 17, 2007) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Advertising communicator George Lois is known for dozens of marketing miracles that triggered innovative and populist changes in American and world culture. His most famous work includes the "I Want My MTV" campaign, Jiffy Lube and Tommy Hilfiger ads, USA Today's breakthrough "singing" TV campaign, and ESPN's "In Your Face" campaign. He is also known as the legendary creator of the iconic Esquire covers of the 1960s. Lois is the author of five books of his work; his previous book is Sellebrity, dealing with his campaigns using celebrities in fresh and outrageous ways. Ron Holland worked alongside George Lois in the glory days of the Creative Revolution as a pioneer copywriter of Big Idea advertising. They continue their never-really-separated lives working on their matchless kind of advertising to this day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen America Llc (October 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822851566
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822851562
  • ASIN: B005GNLRWG
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a Boxing Coach I have quite a few books on Muhammad Ali. So much so that I haven't purchased one in over 15 years. There is so much information out there on him that after a certain point how does one make something on the man that isn't redundant. Then one of my students handed me this book as a gift. She must have known, from me saying, all the stuff I have on Ali which is why I was a little surprised that she would give this book to me. First thing I thought was; Oh, I have Ali Rap on dvd. But this is not like the dvd. I read this on the way home on the subway and was very impressed with the way it was written and put together. It's slightly different from most books on Ali and it's fun to read. I liked it so much that I went out and got copy's for 2 of my students who like Ali. They both agreed that it was a fun and interesting read.
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There are scores and scores of books written about the greatest athlete of our time, Muhammad Ali. In fact, Ali is the the most written about athlete ever. He has gone from being the most hated man in America in 1967 to the most revered today. Spanning his glory years, authors literally tripped over themselves to explain and reveal the complex and amazing person that is Muhummad Ali. An Ali book collection can easily consume an entire bookcase, afterall, his life and career have been disected by dozens and dozens of writers, from Norman Mailer to Howard Cosell to George Plimpton.

To celebrate Ali's 65th birthday, comes the release of "Ali Rap". Contrary to what other reviewers have written, I find this to be a completely useless book. (I may have spoken too soon labelling it useless, as it may make a good paperweight as it is relatively small in size but thick). I "read" it in one brief sitting and was completely unimpressed. Don't waste your money on this assortment of Ali poems and sayings.

The "book" is a collection of Ali's poems and sayings with pictures that are mostly appropriate to the meaning of the poem or occasion. The pictures are not that special, there being many other much better done Ali photograph books. And the poems are all ones that the Ali fan has heard before. The only unique quality of this book is that the poems are all brought together in one volume.

The price is outrageous in my opinion for something with so little content. Literally, I went through this book in about 30 minutes. There was nothing that intrigued me about it or make me want to read it again. I am hoping to donate it to the library or sell it at a garage sale.
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This is a fun, quick read that is, more than anything else, a collection of memories created by one of Ali's closest friends. By that I mean it feels very much like a scrapbook put together by a loved one.

George Lois went through many of Ali's biggest skirmishes, both in and out of the ring, with him. Because of this, he's able to put together this collection of quotes, pictures, interviews, etc and make it into not only something that I think Ali himself would love to read, but any fan of the Ali will leave on the coffee table in the hopes that everyone who sees it will pick it up.

Ali is easily one of this generation's greatest sports (and world) heroes, and this book highlights an aspect we all knew was there but seldom dwell upon or look too much into. Not only was he a fighter, but he was a poet and a master wordsmith. He had so many great one-liners and sing-song taunts and rants, it's no wonder people couldn't wait to ehar what he said next.

But don't get this book expecting any substantial biographical information on Ali, because that's not the point.
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I first read about Cassius Clay in Ring Magazine when I was 10 years old and he was a youngster fighting in Louisville, Kentucky. I rooted for him during the 1960 Olympics, and cheered for him throughout his career. This book brought back many memories and reminded me of what a breath of fresh air he was during the sixties. I'm not sure if Ali was the "Father of Rap" as Mr. Lois postulates, but he certainly set the stage for the many colorful athletes who have followed him and tried, unsuccessfully, to match his brash, colorful, and charming use of words. He was one of a kind, and this book reminds us of just how amazing he was.
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Muhammad Ali was the first Rapping Fighter. He always had a quote to get your attention. he would name the round with your name at when he was gonna knock you out. He had that Gift as not only as a Fighter but also as a Wordsmith. He had a Combination that made a lasting impression with His Boxing Skills&His Word play on the spot. Muhammad Ali is truly a one of a kind.
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By Kelly Young on February 24, 2007
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I am soo happy I bought this! The quotes are awesome but the layout design and pictures are amazing! You can read it through or just flip to random pages and it is just as interesting. There is a caption explaining the circumstances for each quote so even if you know nothing about Ali you'll understand. This is definitely worth the money. GET IT!
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This is a compact book with great graphics with a whole slew of Muhammed's sayings contained within. If you are a collector of Ali stuff , this is a great addition to your library.
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