Imprint:McClelland & Stewart
Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:9.32in x 6.27 x 0.98 in | 1.08 lb
Page Count:304 pages
BELOVED ARTIST: Rollie is a beloved musican and writer, a legend for his teenaged Pitchfork reviews and award-winning albums. He’s been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize three times, and was the Poet Laureate of Edmonton from 2009-2011.
STRONG SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM: He has 24.7k Twitter followers, 6,500 Instagram followers, and 6.9k Facebook followers. His recently launched newsletter already has 900 subscribers, and a recent missive about his experience with a toxic management situation garnered him interviews with multiple media outlets. Among his many, many press accolades, Dazed & Confused called him “hip hop’s savior.”
RESPECTED WRITER: Rollie’s writing has a loyal following. He’s written for The Guardian, Pitchfork, Hazlitt, Noisey, Wired, TIFF, Red Bull MusicAcademy, NOW Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, Globe And Mail, Maisonneuve, Matrix Magazine, and Avenue.
The book will appeal to readers of Hanif Abdurraqib, Jia Tolentino, THE BEASTIE BOYS BOOK, LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK) by Jeff Tweedy, and THE RAP YEARBOOK by Shea Serrano—those who love their cultural history and criticism with a heavy dose of behind the scenes memoir.
“Rollie Pemberton slays in this big-hearted, raw memoir that chronicles his journey from Edmonton teenager to critically-acclaimed rapper. Funny, heartbreaking and deeply honest, Pemberton’s insightful behind-the-scenes look at what it means to be a Canadian artist is a must read.”
—Amita Parikh, author of The Circus Train
“Charting the highs and lows of his remarkable journey from attic-bound experimentalist to award-winning MC, Rollie Pemberton remains as ruminative, engaging and forthright in the margins of Bedroom Rapper—as poet, journalist, critic, musicologist, documentarian, DJ and more—as he is on the mic.”
—Calum Slingerland, Exclaim!
“Rollie is a writer whose authenticity defines his work, making Bedroom Rapper a book that’s as beautifully compelling as it is sharp, honest, and insightful. His voice is powerful and empathetic; his retellings are vivid, heart-wrenching, and strong. An absolute privilege to read, and a story I can’t wait to keep following.”
—Anne T. Donahue
“Read this if you’re a hip hop fan. Read this for a delicious behind-the-scenes. Read this for a coming-of-age book unlike any other. This memoir by Rollie Pemberton is open, funny, sharp and filled with storytelling treasures. It’s a beautiful love letter to life as an artist in Canada as well as an incisive critique of our culture. His storytelling is raw and polished at the same time, the mark of great art. We all stan Cadence Weapon!”
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