Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-hop's First Decade

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Da Capo Press, 2002 - Music - 340 pages
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An account of the origins of hip-hop music as presented by its founders and stars traces the work of such performers as DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and DMC.

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Yes yes y'all: the Experience Music Project oral history of hip-hop's first decade

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Here are two books that attempt to tell the history of hip-hop via words and pictures. Paniccioli's slick but uninspired Who Shot Ya? proves that this genre has yet to find its Annie Leibovitz ... Read full review

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I was utterly captivated by this book.
a pretty genius concept: interview 50 people who were around for the first 10 years of hip hop then cut up the interviews lik a DJ so it reads as if they
are all sitting around in a cipher riffing off each other and giving their varrying accounts of how it all went down. It starts in 1974 with hip hop parties that gave birth to a regional underground music culture to the first hip hop recording: the infamous and ground breaking 'Rappers Delight' in 1978 the first gold record in 1980 (The Breaks) and up to 1984 when Run DMC had massive crossover success and Rap started blowing up on Mtv and of course many fascinating points in between from many of the people who lived it.
those stories are bookeded by beautiful vintage flyers and short inro essays to contextualize the chapters and historic moments.
This book flows.
it's been 10 years since I've looked at this book but still stands and one of my all time favorites.
I need a copy.
 

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About the author (2002)

Jim Fricke is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington. He was curator of the Hip-Hop Nation exhibit, and has been active in the Northwest music scene for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Seattle. Charlie Ahearn is a filmmaker whose 1982 landmark film Wild Style has become a hip-hop classic. He lives in New York City.

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