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Bruce Lee: Conversations


Bruce Lee: Conversations

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    Fiaz Rafiq(Author)
Bruce Lee belongs among the top echelon of influential stars and iconic figures in the world. More than 35 years after his death, he remains a perennial bestseller in video stores, comic bookshops, on T-shirts and posters. He has influenced pop culture more than anyone before or since. Lee was named among Time magazine s 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He has achieved the iconic status of a cultural legend and has had a greater impact on more people worldwide than Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean combined. In this unique and intriguing landmark book, you will discover a compilation of exclusive interviews with Bruce Lee s original students, close friends, co-stars and colleagues. Those who knew him best give their candid views on the great martial arts master and action movie star adored by millions around the globe. Their memories and stories capture him in a way no straightforward narrative ever could. Furthermore - for the first time ever - you will discover exclusive interviews with some of the best professional Boxers, bodybuilders, UFC fighters and personalities from the motion picture industry paying homage to the legend who continues to have an indelible impact on athletes and people from all walks of life. To your delight, you will be treated to over 50 compelling and thought-provoking interviews. Fighter, film star, philosopher, teacher, fitness aficionado: Bruce Lee continues to reach us even though his light was extinguished over three-and-a half decades ago. This is a unique and fresh insight into a man whose mysterious life proved one of the most startling enigmas of the century. Bruce Lee: Conversations is the ultimate tribute to the man whose legacy continues to grow worldwide.

This is a unique approach to biography...Its fascinating that Lees legacy is so far reaching and unites so many influential people, from California Senators to movie stars, Boxing legends and MMA pioneers. Bruce Lee: Conversations is an excellent alternative to the many threadbare Lee biographies available, and a fascinating read... --FHM magazineAn excellent insight into Bruce Lees influence on some of todays top stars - and a new perspective on the man himself. --Mens FitnessBruce Lee: Conversations provides a unique comprehensive view of a martial arts legend. What makes the work stand out from other books written on Bruce Lee is its exhaustive list of primary source material. This is no compilation of recycled interviews, but fresh reflections on the life of the Little Dragon. These raw interviews provide the reader with insights into different stages and areas of his life...If you thought you knew Bruce Lee, think again! --Martial Arts IllustratedBruce Lee may be dead...but his undoubted influence certainly lives on. This publication is packed with very informative interviews and information of the utmost interest to people...I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it --The Daily Star…thought-provoking, enjoyable and fascinating interviews --Boxing News/Fighting FitBruce Lee may be dead...but his undoubted influence certainly lives on. This publication is packed with very informative interviews and information of the utmost interest to people...I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending it --The Daily Star…thought-provoking, enjoyable and fascinating interviews --Boxing News/Fighting Fit

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Fiaz Rafiq(Author)
  • HNL Publishing; Reprint edition (28 Nov. 2010)
  • English
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  • Biography

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  • By STEADYLEE on 25 December 2009

    Once i started to look through this book, i just couldn't put it down. I am a huge fan of Bruce and this book is very interesting. Quite different to most other books on Bruce, not alot of pictures, mainly some black and white ones in the middle, but that is no worry, the best part of this book is to just read the opinions of Bruce by so many different people from all walks of life, some you have heard of and some you ain't. It's a fascinating read and makes you realise how much he's missed, admired and how much impact he's had on the world and still does to this day and beyond, It still amazes me to this day just how prolific Bruce was, and how many lives he has touched and changed and made better. He, in my opinion is a true icon, a legend, an innovator, a pioneer, he was the total package, the real deal! i could go on and on, just get this book, it won't disappoint, you need this book in your collection, worth every penny. Thankyou Fiaz Rafiq for a great read. :-)

  • By P. Johnson on 4 January 2010

    I'm a massive Bruce Lee fan and I am finding this book really interesting. It's gives us fans more of an insight into his personality and the intensiveness of his dedication. Many of the recollections make you realise how good Bruce Lee was, as a martial artist, an actor and how he just loved life. There are a few dodgy insights with no evidence into the circumstances of his death, but nothing more than opinion from friends who believe something more occurred on 20th July 1973. I'm nearly two thirds into the book and would recommend it as a good read, even to dip in and out of for motivation and inspiration.

  • By Matloub Husayn-Ali-Khan on 7 March 2016

    As someone who was growing in Sheffield, UK, in my teens during the 1970s, I vividly remember Bruce Lee and his cult status of being the best martial artist of his time and the movie: "The Way of the Dragon" in 1972. But it was not until the shock news of Bruce Lees’s sudden untimely death around July, 1973 - which was due to him taking an aspirin tablet for a headache which led to his death. In recent months, I came across this book: “Bruce Lee Conversations” when I met the author Fiaz Rafiq at a "Supporting Syria Fundraising" event in Manchester who kindly signed my copy of his book, there.The book is a fascinating read and I could not put it down and many of the people interviewed in this biography of Bruce Lee truly admired him so much and he is still missed so much. Most of the people remarked on how much impact he had made across the world in his short-life and without any doubt everyone referred to late Bruce Lee (BL): as a legendary icon who ‘is still truly, truly missed and one of a kind’. As I remember, within one month of his death, in August/September 1973, "Enter the Dragon" got released and became an overnight box -office success - all over the world raving about this movie that gained a cult status, many of my college fellow students constantly talked about the movie blow-by-blow. One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is the section at page(s) 245-49, during the conversation with the Giant NBA Basket-Ball Player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (K.A-J) - who was a Muslim. K.A-J got a part in BL’s movie: "Game of Death" and he K.A-J talked about the original concept behind the concept of the Game of Death film ‘had to do with trying to show one person dealt with different forms, one martial artist going up against people using different fighting styles; he has to overcome in each of them. In order to be versatile, you can’t take the same approach to dealing with different problem, and that’s mainly what that was all about’. K. A-J is then asked a question when did he hear about BL’s death and the ironic answer by K. A-J was: ‘when I was at the airport in Singapore, I was on my way to see him that day, when my plane got to Singapore it was in all the news, papers that he had died the previous day’. Interestingly, when K.A-J was asked about his conversation(s) with BL who was a strong believer in having a philosophical approach to martial arts (K.A-J) replied: ‘I have my own philosophy and I gave Bruce books to read on Islam and Bruce knew Chinese Muslims. They have alot of Wushu techniques that are unique to that, and from the martial arts of Indonesia and Malaysia. He (BL) was aware of Islam and it was not beyond something he investigated. He investigated different techniques from Islamic parts of China’.The book mentions BL’s friendship with his (student) Hollywood actor Steve McQueen who was into fitness and was motivated by his need to be in possible shape for his films but his friend (BL) and "Jeet Kune Do" (Martial arts of Kung Fu, Fencing and Boxing) founded by BL, told Steve McQueen that: ‘ he had more to do’. Other famous personalities in the book from film, media, Martial arts and sports generally wanted to train with Bruce including Basket Ball champions like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (already mentioned) and actor James Coburn were inspired by BL. Other sport personalities who inspired BL was the former world heavy boxing champion the legendary Mohammed Ali - due to BL’s love of boxing moves and punching styles and BL was a big fan of Mohammed Ali and he (BL) would watch Ali’s fights over and over again in terms of researching how a boxer uses his feet in the ring.Overall, since the time of BL’s death – the Martial arts field has sort of diversified and from around 1993 onwards, as mentioned at page(s) 322-323, interview of Rorion Gracie who is responsible for creating "Ultimate Fighting Championship" (UFC) which marked the true start of American interest in "Mixed Martial Arts" (MMA) from around this time, known as "No Holds Barred fighting".Finally, as mentioned throughout this amazing book on the late Bruce Lee who was without any shadow of doubt, a true icon, a legend, an innovator, a pioneer in every sense of the word. Therefore, to conclude, I strongly recommend it as a great book to read and even if you just read it in bite-size fashion and are out for some motivation and inspiration then this book is for you!

  • By Jun Fan on 27 October 2013

    Having been a fan of the little dragon since I was a little kid, and having read most articles and bios & been exposed to an almost endless stream of biopics and documentaries (of varying quality), I can honestly say this is one of my favourites. This book takes the form of interviews with people who (in most cases) either grew up with him in Hong Kong, or were fortunate enough to have been "in the right place at the right time" leading to them training with him for a short while or meeting him professionally. This gives a unique insight and perspective into his personality, sense of humour and character. Most of the 50 interviews contained herein are relevant and thought-provoking; saying that, a couple (especially towards the end of the book) are less so and appear rushed(?). These interviews (it's obvious which ones when you read them) come across as an opportunity for a shameless self-plug for the individuals and/ or their styles. In spite of these, it does not detract too far from or otherwise mar what is a very simple, "unorthodox, but effective" approach. If you are a Bruce Lee fan (or simply interested in martial arts history), you won't be disappointed and this book will happy find a place on your shelf.

  • By JT on 1 December 2011

    This book has some new and insightful material on Bruce Lee as told by various people who knew him. Very worthwhile read and the interviewer is knowledgable so asks the right questions. It also sheds a bit more light on the differences between Oakland, Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. However, if you are looking for lots of unseen photos or sensationalism then you would be disappointed.

  • By A. Haque on 26 February 2010

    The book has interviews with so many different people who knew and worked with Bruce Lee from his close students, close friends, co-stars, and its also interesting to note what some of the legendary fighters from the boxing and MMA worlds thing of Bruce as well as bodybuilding luminaries and action stars.

  • By ian campbell on 15 February 2013

    For the fans of Bruce Lee, who basically cannot get enough reading material, this is a must have item to add toany collection. What I especially like about the book is you do not have to read it all at once and can select which stories to read, miss out or to go back to.

  • By geisha on 14 August 2011

    I have never known my husband to read an entire book before. He read it from cover to cover and didnt want to put it down. It came well packaged and within a good time frame well done and Thank you.

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