• THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF: The Authorized Biography of Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite

THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF: The Authorized Biography of Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite

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As a dancer, singer, comedian and filmmaker, Rudy Ray Moore teetered on obscurity his entire life. Finally, with the creation of his “Dolemite” character and the release of several controversial and groundbreaking hit comedy albums and self-produced films during the 1970’s, Moore achieved his short-lived success. As the decade changed and he struggled to survive, Moore’s work fueled a new generation of fans and artists, who would help resurrect his career. He would become known as the “King of the Party Records” and the “Godfather of Rap,” influencing comedians, musicians and pop culture, long after his passing. His tenacity and achievements were so inspiring, a part of his story was the basis for the hit Netflix film, Dolemite is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore.

Throughout his life, Rudy remained a very private person. He would end his live performances by commenting to the crowd, “Thank you for letting me be myself!” Yet, Moore was far removed from his public persona, and personal details of his life were rarely shared. Many people, including those closest to Moore, believed they knew him well, yet the complete and detailed story of his life remained untold.

Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself reveals Moore’s unknown origins as he escaped poverty and abuse to enter the world of show business. Every period of his life and career is discussed in tremendous detail, with great effort made to place everything into proper historical and cultural context. Speculations will be cleared and truths will be told through the controversial last year of his life... and beyond.

Inspiration. Icon. Legend.
This is the story of Rudy Ray Moore.


-Limited edition hardback of only 2000 copies!
-380 full color glossy pages!
-Over 600 photos!
-Extensive discography / videography covering hundreds of releases!
-Full details on the making of all of Moore's classic films (Dolemite, The Human Tornado, Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law, Disco Godfather and more)!
-The definitive text on Rudy Ray Moore!


Format Book
Year 2021
Author Mark Jason Murray
Publisher Cult Collectibles
Pages 380
Format Hardback Book

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