Saturday, August 4, 2007

Books Read by Tupac Shakur

As a fan of the more poetic/intellectual side of Tupac, stumbling upon the following information felt like discovering a treasure chest. These literary sources which helped to shape and influence his mind are worth checking out if you're a fan, too.

I came across the list on this website, and all I did was rearrange it in alphabetical order by title.

The website states:

"This is a list of books read by Tupac during his lifetime including while he was at the Baltimore School of Arts and in prison... The topics include black history, the afterlife, religion including Zen, war, women's liberation, music, and poetry. Reading these books, it is clear how they molded 2Pac's thinking and language..."

The list is apparently taken from the 'Thug Angel' documentary. So once again, big thanks to as well as for the information.

Books Read by Tupac Shakur
Ah, This!
Written by: Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh 
All God's Children:
The Boskett Family and the American Tradition of Violence
Written by: Fox Butterfield 
All You Need to Know About the Music Business
Written by: Donald Passman 
And Still I Rise
Written by: Maya Angelou 
Art of War
Written by: Sun Tzu 
Assata: An Autobiography
Written by: Assata Shakur 
At the Bottom of the River
Written by: Jamaica Kincaid 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
As told to: Alex Haley 
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is
Written by: A.C. Bhaktive-danta Swami Prabhupada 
Black Like Me
Written by: John Howard Griffin 
Black Sister:
Poetry by Black American Women, 1746 to 1980
Edited by Earlene Stetson 
Blues People
Written by: Amiri Baraka 
Catcher in the Rye
Written by: J.D. Salinger
 The Complete Illustrated Book of the Psychic Sciences
Written by: Walter B. Gibson and Litzka R. Gibson
 The Confessions of Nat Turner
Written by: William Styron 
The Destiny of the Nations
Written by: Alice A. Bailey
 The Diary of Anais Nin
Edited and with a Preface by: Gunther Stuhlmann
 The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Written by: E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil 
The Grapes of Wrath
Written by: John Steinbeck 
Great White Lie:
Slavery, Emancipation and Changing Racial Attitudes
Written by: Jack Gratus
 The Harder We Run:
Black Workers Since the Civil War

Written by: William H. Harris 
Here and Hereafter
Written by: Ruth Montgomery 
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Written by: Maya Angelou
 I Shall Not Be Moved
Written by: Maya Angelou 
Imitation of Christ
Written by: Thomas a Kempis
 In Search of Our Mother's Gardens
Written by: Alice Walker 
Written by: Elisabeth Haich 
Interesting People:
Black American History Makers

Written by: George L. Lee 
James Baldwin: The Legacy
Edited by: Quincy Troupe
Written by: Gersham Scholem 
Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by: Ira Peck 
Life as Carola
Written by: Joan Grant 
Linda Goodman's Sun Signs
Written by: Linda Goodman 
Makes Me Wanna Holler
Written by: Nathan McCall 
The Meaning of Masonry
Written by: W.L. Wilmshurst 
Moby Dick
Written by: Herman Melville 
The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

Written by: Sanyika Shakur 
Music of Black Americans: A History
Written by: Eileen Southern 
Written by: Evelyn Underhill 
Native Son
Written by: Richard Wright 
Nature, Man and Woman
Written by: Alan W. Watts 
Written by: George Orwell
No Man Is an Island
Written by: Thomas Merton 
Nostradamus: The Millennium & Beyond
Written by: Peter Lorie 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
 Written by: Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
The Phenomenon of Man
Written by: Teilhard de Chardin 
Ponder on This: A Compilation
From the Writings of: Alice A Bailey & the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul 
The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
Written by: Mark Bricklin 
The Prince
Written by: Niccolo Machiavelli 
The Psychedelic Experience:
A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
Written by: Timothy Leary, Ph.D, Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., Richard Alpert, Ph.D. 
The Psychic Realm
Written by: Naomi A. Hintze and J. Gaither Pratt, Ph.D. 
A Raisin in the Sun
Written by: Lorraine Hansberry 
Written by: Alex Haley 
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
Written by: Jonathan Kozol
 Secret Splendor
Written by: Charles Essert 
Serving Humanity
From the writings of: Alice A. Bailey 
Sisterhood is Powerful:
 Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement
Written by: Robin Morgan
 The State of the World Atlas
Written by: Michael Kidron and Ronald Segal 
Social Essays
Written by: LeRoi Jones 
The Souls of Black Folk
Written by:W.E. Burghardt DuBois 
Teachings of the Buddha
Written by: Jack Kornfield
Written by: Alice A Bailey
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Written by: W.Y. Evans-Wentz 
Thoughts and Meditations
Written by: Kahlil Gibran
Tropic of Cancer
Written by: Henry Miller
The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg
Written by: Paul Portuges
Wisdom of Insecurity
Written by: A.N. Watts
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Written by: Robert M. Pirsig