Dynomite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times--A Memoir

Dynomite!: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times--A Memoir







Jimmie Walker was raised in a violent and abusive home in the Bronx. Starting in small clubs and eventually opening for Black Panther rallies, he ultimately became an icon playing J. J. Evans on Good Times. Walker was the first successful young black sitcom star, and his catchphrase--“Dyn-o-mite!”--remains an indicator of the era. He saw sudden and enormous fame in everything from comic books and a talking doll to pajamas, trading cards, a bestselling album, and TV Guide covers. In Dyn-o-mite!, Walker candidly talks about his rise and the considerable tensions on the set of Good Times that contradicted the show’s image of a close-knit, blue-collar family struggling to survive in the projects. Walker made “Dyn-o-mite!” a catchword for the Baby Boomer generation. Today, Dyn-o-mite! will inspire that same generation to rediscover what once made America great--the freedom of thought, the freedom of speech, and the belief in the individual.


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  • Kimberly Hicks

    OUTSTANDING! Did I say OUTSTANDING? Let me just say I laughed my a*s off reading this book! Who couldn't remember Jimmie Walker's famous character on the popular 70s sitcom, J.J. Evans on Good Times a...

  • Nandi Crawford

    What a book!!! plus he's a no lie originally from the Boogie Down like myself, I really enjoyed this...

  • Jean

    I was pleasantly pleased and surprised at the depth of Jimmie Walker’s memoir! It’s not at all *just* a story of his life and career, but a well-written summary of the comedy culture of the 1970...

  • Bjornv

    For some reason been reading a fair amount of biographies and autobiographies lately, especially of actor types, and this was one of the best. Charming, funny, touching, and very honest without being ...

  • Dave Kiersh

    Loved it! A top notch autobiography by a truly unique entertainment personality. Walker lived through an important time in comedy's history, in America's history. If the only side you know of Walker i...

  • Tari

    I learned so much about Jimmie Walker. He was so much more than just J.J. Evans the dyn-o-mite kid. He really was a class act. I was surprised to learn the parts he played in the starts of the careers...

  • Douglas Castagna

    This book was DYN-O-MITE!!! Sorry, I could not resist. I was surprised by the tome, it gave me what I expected, and more. There was life before Good Times, and life after. Where some memoirs seem to f...

  • Laurie

    READ THIS BOOK AFTER SEEING INTERVIEW OF JIMMIE WALKER BY TAVIS SMILEY. I WAS NOT A FAN OF "GOOD TIMES". THE BEHIND THE SCENES STORY OF THE SITCOM WAS INTERESTING. JIMMIE CERTAINLY DESERVES KUDOS FOR ...

  • Scott Woods

    A quick and candid read from a comic legend. His insight into the "Good Times" portion of his career (which is really what anyone cares about) is a frank, funny and sometimes sad look at the lives beh...

  • Glen Peterman

    loved this book. Jimmy has lived a way more interesting life than I ever imagined. fascinating read. A deep look behind-the-scenes of the silver age of comedy. He pulls no punches and names names. The...