Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB

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Macmillan, Nov 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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A fan's exploration of the man behind the myth

Ol' Dirty Bastard (aka Russell Jones) rose to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan in the early '90s, his unorthodox rap style and reputation for erratic behavior putting him in a media spotlight. As a solo artist, he released two albums that went gold and achieved crossover fame through a duet with Mariah Carey that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. But for the next decade, his life would be fueled by chaos and excess until it derailed completely, resulting in a fatal drug overdose in 2004 and leaving behind an enigmatic legacy and a remarkably diverse group of fans.

In a compelling combination of personal narrative, biography, and cultural criticism, Digging for Dirt explores ODB's life, career, mythology, death, and the troubled trajectory of his public and private worlds. Jaime Lowe met with the people ODB affected and was most affected by—surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan, his hip-hop contemporaries, his parents, his followers, his managers, his neighbors, and his friends—in an attempt to figure out the man behind the clown-prince persona, and the issues of race, celebrity, mental illness, and exploitation that surrounded his rise and fall.

 

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Interweaving biography, cultural criticism, and personal narrative, Lowe uses her skills as a journalist and hip-hop enthusiast to probe the depth of Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB; nƒ¯‚¿‚½ Russell ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
PART ONE DRUNK DAYS AND KUNG
CANOPY BED 2004
SIGNS TO LOUD 1993
RECORDS TEETH 1994
PART TWO CRACKFED CRAZY OR CRAZY
1999
BLOWFLY 2007
JAIL SENTENCE 2000
2004
GROUNDED BY DIRT
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Jaime Lowe's writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Interview, Radar, and Sports Illustrated. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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