Hip-Hop is now a global multi-billion pound industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle. But where did it all begin? Who created it? How did it become such a phenomenon? Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on Hip-Hop to date. He introduces the major players who came up with the ideas that form the basic elements of the culture. He describes how it all began with social upheavals in Jamaica, the Bronx, the Black Belt of Long Island and South Central LA. He not only provides a history of the music, but a fascinating insight into the social background of young black America. Stretching from the early 70s through to the present day, this is the definitive history of Hip-Hop. It will be essential reading for all DJs, B-Boys, MCs and anyone with an interest in the history of America.
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"Chang's prodigiously researched and politically sophisticated ode to a different era is not only insightful, but moving and enraging" -- New Statesman
"Energetic and exhilarating....There is a fearless sweep to this book. A distinct achievement" -- Daily Telegraph
"Jeff Chang has spent the last decade researching a vivid and fascinating book...finally, rap gets the definitive history it deserves" -- Q Magazine
"brilliant" -- Peter Aspden, Financial Times
"one of the most urgent and passionate histories of
popular music ever written" -- The New Yorker
'You need to read this - period' -- Fact
From the streets of the Bronx to the hills of Ghana, there is no place unaffected by Hip-Hop culture, and this is the authoritative history of the form.
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