Genre: Biography

BADThe Autobiography of James Carr

Performed by:
JD Jackson

'When I was nine years old I burned down my school.' James Carr started fighting when he was very young, and never gave up. A child prodigy of crime in the streets of the L.A. ghettos and scourge of half a dozen boys' homes, his career in armed robbery was quickly cut short by arrest. In prison he fought harder than ever, and became one of the most notorious rebels in the seething California Penal System. Linking up with George Jackson in Folsom, they led the notorious Wolf Pack, which quickly fought its way to a position of strength in the prison race war. Separated from George, Jimmy transformed himself from an openly rebellious con into a cunning thinker who manipulated the authorities and ultimately engineered his own release. Carr relates the story of his life with a cold passion, powerfully illuminating the horrors of daily life on the streets and in prison—race riots, murders, rape, and corruption—from the standpoint of one who has overcome them. 'I've been struggling all my life to get beyond the choice of living on my knees or dying on my feet. It's time we lived on our feet.' —from the text. 'Jimmy was the baddest motherf——r!' —George Jackson While initially having close ties with the Black Panthers (at one point as Huey Newton's bodyguard), James Carr, influenced by the Situationists, broke with them. Just after this book was completed in 1972, Carr was gunned down in a 'gangland style' murder.

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Run time: 10 hours
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James Carr
Isaac Cronin
JD Jackson

JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College, he has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, and a recurring role on Hack. He recently received an Audiophile Earphone Award for his work on Sharon Draper's Just Another Hero.

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