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

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Macmillan, Feb 1, 2005 - Music - 546 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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Contents

Prelude
1
Babylon Is Burning 19681977
5
The Bronx and the Politics of Abandonment
7
Jamaicas Roots Generation and the Cultural Turn
21
The Gangs of the Bronx
41
How DJ Kool Herc Lost His Accent and Started HipHop
67
Planet Rock 19751986
87
The Mystery and Faith of Afrika Bambaataa
89
Black Suburbia Segregation and Utopia in the Late 1980s
231
The Question of PostCivil Rights Black Leadership
263
Geography Generation and Gangsta Rap
299
The Cultural Riot of Ice Cubes Death Certificate
331
Stakes Is High 19922001
355
Peace and Rebellion in Los Angeles
357
The War on Youth and the Quest for Unity
381
The Source the Industry and the Big Crossover
407

The Evolution of Style in the SevenMile World
109
The Survival and Transformation of Bronx Style
127
HipHop Meets the Rockers Downtown
141
Rapture in Reagans America
167
The Fall of the Old School
189
The Message 19841992
213
The Rise of the PostCivil Rights Era
215
Globalization Containment and Counterculture at the End of the Century
437
Words Images and Sounds A Selected Resource Guide
469
Notes
497
Acknowledgments
525
Index
529
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About the author (2005)

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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