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'Ali: A Life' Chronicles a Rhyming, Jabbing, Heroic Contradiction

In the first-ever unauthorized biography of Muhammad Ali, Jonathan Eig captures the icon's triumphant, tragic, and quintessentially American arc with exquisite detail and original analysis.

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AIF Docs 2013: 'American Revolutionary' + 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

American Revolutionary and The Trials of Muhammad Ali are both portraits of civil rights icons, people as well as symbols of struggles that continue.

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David S. Ware and Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011

If you enjoyed the sound of Planetary Unknown in the studio, then you'll love them on the stage.

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Albert Ayler: Love Cry / The Last Album

Even when Albert Ayler was "selling out", his music was tough to swallow. This reissue twofer goes right to the heart of that paradox.

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David S. Ware/Cooper-Moore/William Parker/Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

These four guys have known each other for years, yet this is the first album to feature all of them in the same room. Calling it a "doozy" is just a playful, feeble understatement.

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Jalen Rose and Bernard Hopkins: The Miseducation of the Black Athlete

Bernard Hopkins, Jalen Rose and any other athlete that is confused about black male identity, might want to spend a few hours at their local public library and read up on Muhammad Ali and Duane Thomas.

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Of Writing Men: David Remnick’s 'King of the World'

Last year, David Remnick received huge attention for The Bridge, his biography of Barack Obama. Eschewing the conventions of the form, the New Yorker editor focussed not on Obama’s private life but his public rise to senator and eventually president of the United States. It is a trick he also employed in 1998’s King of the World, a biography of another African-American icon, Muhammad Ali.

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Champions Forever: Ali -- The Lost Interviews

The selling point of this release is its extras, and specifically its half hour of previously ‘lost’ interviews with Ali.

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Fidel: The Untold Story

Fidel Castro has gone from revolutionary hero to “leader of the Third World” to being a “redwood", partly fossilized, partly living, and imbued with the history of a half-century of liberation struggles.

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