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Books on Music: Hip Hop Family Tree

If you've been looking at the KPL Staff Best of 2013 lists, you've no doubt found something new that you hadn't seen before. For me, this years' big surprise was volume 1 of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, released in book form just last week- just in time to make it on my end-of-year list! Collected from nearly two years' worth of serialized strips on the weird tech/culture blog Boing BoingHip Hop Family Tree takes it way, way back to the formative years of hip hop. Starting with DJ Kool Herc spinning records at a local rec center in the South Bronx in the mid-70s and ending with the mainstream hip hop explosion of 1981, Hip Hop Family Tree covers a ton of ground in only a few years. Visually it's a treat as well, done in a yellowish, pulp comics look that wouldn't feel out of place next to a newsstand copy of X-Men in Times Square in 1979. Raw yet painstakingly researched, Hip Hop Family Tree is an essential read for hip hop fans. Ch-ch-check it out!

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Hip Hop Family Tree
9781606996904

 


Books on Music: Hip Hop Family Tree

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If you've been looking at the KPL Staff Best of 2013 lists, you've no doubt found something new that you hadn't seen before. For me, this years' big surprise was volume 1 of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, released in book form just last week- just in time to make it on my end-of-year list! Collected from nearly two years' worth of serialized strips on the weird tech/culture blog Boing BoingHip Hop Family Tree takes it way, way back to the formative years of hip hop. Starting with DJ Kool Herc spinning records at a local rec center in the South Bronx in the mid-70s and ending with the mainstream hip hop explosion of 1981, Hip Hop Family Tree covers a ton of ground in only a few years. Visually it's a treat as well, done in a yellowish, pulp comics look that wouldn't feel out of place next to a newsstand copy of X-Men in Times Square in 1979. Raw yet painstakingly researched, Hip Hop Family Tree is an essential read for hip hop fans. Ch-ch-check it out!

Book

Hip Hop Family Tree
9781606996904

 

Posted by Stewart Fritz at 12/03/2013 01:22:22 PM | 


Thanks for the recommendation- I'll have to check it out! Speaking of hip-hop heads, the AV department has one of my favorite documentaries on the genre, "This Is The Life (How The West Was One)", about a late 80's/early 90's underground hip hop scene that was (and remains, in my opinion) hugely influential to this day. The once a week open mic nights held at the Good Life Cafe, a health food store in South Central, provided young folks a place to develop and refine their skills and styles, as well as an important sense of belonging to a creative community. Many rappers who started out there as youngsters are still around today and have only gotten better with time. This film tells a fun, fascinating and important story on hip-hop and the creation of an artistic community! It's heartening to see that hip hop is getting some of the respect it deserves!
Posted by: Andrea S ( Email ) at 12/12/2013 2:45 PM


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