Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Music - 560 pages
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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. Here 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.

  

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Good overview of the history of hip hop. - Goodreads
WAY too much information - hard to read writing style. - Goodreads
The interviews are in-depth and it is well-researched. - Goodreads
Only criticism: the sans-serif font gave me headaches. - Goodreads

Review: Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

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Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang is a comprehensive look at the generation that birthed the music known as hip-hop and the first generation to grow up with it ... Read full review

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I don't think I have ever read a book so slowly, at the beginning I found it kind of dense and hard to wade through. That said I've never bookmarked so many pages and underlined so many passages and ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude
1
Babylon Is Burning 19681977
5
Planet Rock 19751986
87
The Message 19841992
213
Stakes Is High 19922001
355
Words Images and Sounds A Selected Resource Guide
469
Notes
497
Acknowledgments
525
Index
529
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Jeff Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for over a decade and has written for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Village Voice, Vibe, The Nation, URB, Rap Pages, Spin and Mother Jones. He was a founding editor of Colorlines Magazine, Senior Editor at Russell Simmons' 360hiphop.com and co-founder of the influential hip-hop label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects. He lives in California.

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