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

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Paw Prints, Apr 25, 2008 - 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 60s 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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50. Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang Introduction DJ Kool Herc reader: Mirron Willis published: 2005 (2016 on audio) Read full review

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User Review  - winedrunksea - LibraryThing

A great book I didn't want to end, and would have liked more about the emerging hip-hop centers of Atlanta and St. Louis, which were mentioned only in passing in the final chapter. But a great ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jeff Chang has written for The Village Voice, Vibe, Mother Jones, The Nation, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, URB, Rap Pages, and Spin. He lives in California.

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