OF PLACES AND SPACES. In a YouTube video covering the signing session of his book, rapper Pharrell Williams mentioned that, “I didn’t want to do a book that celebrated me; I wanted to do a book that celebrates my moment and enlightenment.”
That is, if not noble, a sign of creative wisdom he possesses. Listing dreamy contributors such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nigo and the powerful bob, Anna Wintour, among plenty other brilliant minds in the industry, Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been (Rizzoli) should definitely occupy a decent spot in your bookcase. It jams together Pharrell’s notorious achievement in being cool music head with his story as contemporary culture pioneer, illustrated with lavish photographs and related documentation.
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