Through the Wire: Lyrics & Illuminations (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 10, 2009 - Music - 80 pages
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This is a rare partnership between two geniuses at the top of their crafts -- Kanye West, who was named "the smartest man in hip-hop" by Time magazine, and Bill Plympton, an Academy Award-nominated animator, cartoonist, and illustrator.

Through the Wire is a graphic memoir that illustrates the lyrics of twelve Kanye West songs to tell his story, from his decision to drop out of college to pursue his dreams in music, through his days spent folding chinos at the Gap while struggling at night to make a name as a producer, through the pivotal car accident that eventually set him on the course to stardom and the epiphany of realizing exactly who he had become:

"...They say people in your life are like seasons
And anything that happens is for a reason..."


Plympton illustrates each of the songs in detail, his vision of Kanye's world. The songs are annotated with explanations of the references in the songs, biographical components that illuminate the lyrics, and their meaning on a deeply personal level.

The result is a one-of-a-kind book that initially grabs you and stays with you forever.

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Review: Through the Wire: Lyrics and Illuminations

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

My lil brother gave this to me for Christmas. I liked the art a lot, but I wish there was even more information about Kanye's inspiration. I also miss College Dropout/Graduation/Late Registration Kanye. COME BACK KANYE. Read full review

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User Review  - Tyler Bruns - Goodreads

Kanye is a musical genius Read full review

About the author (2009)

Kanye West is the biggest name in currrent hip-hop and R&B making routine appearances in all forms of media. He has been features on the cover of Time, Spin, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. He is a ten-time Grammy award-winning artist.

Plympton is best known for his animated short films. His cartoons are a staple at animation festivals and on MTV.

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