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Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (PICADOR USA) Kindle Edition
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Can't Stop Won't Stop is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.
Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.
Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium.
"Flow without the ego, intellectualism without Ivory Tower disdain, and, finally, history with heart and passion and fire: Jeff Chang's Can't Stop Won't Stop manages to go from wide-lens overview to pinpoint accuracy in covering the biggest cultural-political movement of our time. A true accomplishment."
- Farai Chideya, author of Trust and The Color of Our Future
"Jeff Chang is a master alchemist, spinning narrative gold from a weave of sociology, history, political theory, and old fashioned boom-bap. . .Can't Stop Won't Stop is one of the best books yet written on the shifting, tumultuous history of hip-hop culture and the generation of adherents it spat onto the American and global landscape. It is a tour-de-force."
- Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, author of Gunshots In My Cook-Up: Bits of Hip-Hop Caribbean Life
"An exuberant and revelatory history of the inner-city cultural revolution that still rocks the world. Jeff Chang is hip-hop's John Reed."
- Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums
"One of our most insightful commentators on urban music takes a panoramic survey of hip-hop's entirety. . .Authoritative, incisive, and entertaining, Can't Stop Won't Stop is a massive achievement."
- Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up And Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84 and Generation Ecstasy
"Don't be misled; this is not just another rap book. . .inflammatory, illuminating, and anything but myopic, the scope of Chang's work is awe-inspiring."
- DJ Shadow, hip-hop artist, Endtroducing and The Private Press
"This book belongs on your shelf next to Criminal Minded, Illmatic and All Eyez On Me."
- William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D, author of To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic
"Orale pues-Can't Stop Won't Stop draws from the fi...
Based on hundreds of interviews and over a decade of work as a respected music journalist, Chang offers colorful profiles of the lives and influences of "the trinity of hip-hop music"--Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and DJ Kool Herc--along with many other artists, label executives, DJs, writers, filmmakers, and promoters. Impressive in its scope, Can't Stop Won't Stop is a lively and sharply written exploration of the power of hip-hop to unite people across generational, racial, and economic lines. --Shawn Carkonen--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003J48C2C
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First edition (April 1, 2007)
- Publication date : April 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 2736 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 561 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #506,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a true underground hip hop lover, so it's really cool to be reading this book and getting such an in-depth perspective on it's history. I don't know of any other current genre of music with so much history. It's impeccable.
If you love hip-hop (whether you listen to De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest, Lil Wayne or Drake, Blue Scholars or Eyedea & Abilities) or you're just truly interested in music, PLEASE buy this book. You will gain a better appreciation and understanding for not just hip hop, but music and pop culture in general. Please take the time to read this incredible book, you'll be amazed by the amount of information inside of it.
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On a side note, some commentators have been guilty of sidelining the Puerto-Rican origins of certain aspects, and the multitude of cultures that have helped to form the music and aesthetics of hip-hop, but Chang is objective and presents a reasonably balanced view as far as I can tell. This can only be a good thing for the continued growth and evolution of the style.
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Buy it. Its great. So good I read it twice.