a portrait of Tupac Shakur.

Changes: An Oral History of Tupac Shakur

by Sheldon Pearce Author

In the summer of 2020, Tupac Shakur’s single “Changes” became an anthem for the worldwide protests against the murder of George Floyd. The song became so popular, in fact, it was vaulted back onto the iTunes charts more than twenty years after its release—making it clear that Tupac’s music and the way it addresses systemic racism, police brutality, mass incarceration, income inequality, and a failing education system is just as important now as it was back then. In this book, published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Tupac’s birth and 25th anniversary of his death, Sheldon Pearce offers one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive accounts yet of the artist’s life and legacy, with interviews of dozens who knew Tupac throughout various phases of his life—focusing on the individuals who are lesser known and who offer fresh stories and rare insight.