"One of the most interesting and unpredictable biographies I’ve ever read. The Dirty Version travels light-years beyond ODB’s shocking headlines to illustrate the relentless humanity of a free loving American icon." -- MK Asante

Mickey Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker FactoryThe Nostalgia Echo, and Is Hip Hop Dead? and co-author, with Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard (HarperCollins, 2015). Mickey is Professor of English at Rider University in New Jersey. 

“Mickey Hess knows how to tell a story that is, at once, witty, charming, humorous, and darkly incisive, and he knows how to tell that story damn well. In The Nostalgia Echo, Hess deftly offers an antidote to the modern condition and the impossible notion that we must always keep moving forward.” —Roxane Gay