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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin: The Untold Story of the Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy No. 1 Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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“A bombshell new book.” ―New York Daily News
“An epic battle between colorful, creative maniacal heroes and one of the blandest beta-villains of our time. I couldn’t put it down.” ―Patton Oswalt, comedian and bestselling author of Silver Screen Fiend
"[An] utterly candid work...Bozorgmehr's stirring account gives readers the insider's view of musical outlaws who possessed the best intentions of elevating hip-hop from its street moorings to more stylish, chic surroundings, and whose efforts exploded in a crisis of bad media coverage and soulless pharmaceutical drug merchants." ―Publishers Weekly
“[Bozorgmehr's] insider’s knowledge of the process drives this fascinating story, full of suspense and surprises. A detailed, compelling look at of one of the music business’ most interesting stories.” ―Booklist
"A fantastic, gripping read from start to finish, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin takes us to the heart of the action and shows us what really went on behind closed doors with Wu Tang's most controversial album. A must-read for hip-hop fans and for anyone who wants the inside story into one of music's most talked-about events." ―Paul Edwards, author of The Concise Guide to Hip-Hop Music, How to Rap, and How to Rap 2
"Once Upon a Time in Shaolin offers a front-row seat as Wu Tang Clan’s maverick, idealistic attempt at a statement on the current state of the music industry and the symbiosis of art and money backfires, turning into a surreal caper featuring monumental ambitions, even more monumental egos, Bill Murray, the FBI, replica AK-47s, and, yes, arguably the most hated man in America. It’s a music book unlike any other.” ―Paul Fischer, author of A Kim Jong-Il Production
About the Author
CYRUS BOZORGMEHR was the senior adviser on the Once Upon a Time in Shaolin project and worked alongside Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and producer Cilvaringz. He lives in Marrakech, Morocco.
Top customer reviews
It was an unconventional read too - high concept philosophy in some parts and an expletive driven caper in others, but it had great style and momentum - oh and WHAT A STORY!!
It's not the book I would have expected it to be. And I wrestled with that.
But it kept me enthralled for day after day as I read it. I read it twice as fast as I would read normally read a book like this.
All in all, great.
Sadly, most business books aren't about the Wu-Tang Clan. Luckily, this one is.