“I don’t want them hip white people coming up to me and calling me no nigger or telling me no nigger jokes.” –“Richard Pryor: Live on The Sunset Strip.”
Still shocking more than 35 years later, Pryor’s concert film is an hour-and-22 minutes of gut-punching-funny and heartbreaking honesty. This riso-printed book contains just one sequence from the film, but it’s a pivotal one. Pryor drops his bluster and takes the audience back with him to Africa where he recently visited and had a revelation. On screen it unfolds in a few short, breath-stealing minutes. Here, the text is laid-out verbatim in gold ink on 16 matte black pages.