Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the USA

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Wesleyan University Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Music - 336 pages
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The thirteen essays that comprise Global Noise explore the hip hop scenes of Europe, Anglophone and Francophone Canada, Japan and Australia within their social, cultural and ethnic contexts. Countering the prevailing colonialist view that global hip hop is an exotic and derivative outgrowth of an African-American-owned idiom subject to assessment in terms of American norms and standards, Global Noise shows how international hip hop scenes, like those in France and Australia, developed by first adopting then adapting US models and establishing an increasing hybridity of local linguistic and musical features. The essays reveal diasporic manifestations of international hip hop that are rarely acknowledged in the growing commentary on the genre in the US. In the voices of rappers from around the globe with divergent backgrounds of race, nationality, class and gender, the authors find a consistent rhetoric of opposition and resistance to institutional forms of repression and the construction of a cohesive, historically-based subculture capable of accommodating regional and national diversities.

CONTRIBUTORS: Roger Chamberland, Ian Condry, David Hesmondhalgh, Claire Levy, Ian Maxwell, Caspar Melville, Sarah Morelli, Mark Pennay, André J.M. Prévos, Ted Swedenburg, Jacqueline Urla and Mir Wermuth.

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This excellent overview of the phenomenon of rap and hip-hop will be well received by hardcore enthusiasts, cultural ethnographers, and musicologists everywhere. Mitchell (writing and cultural ... Read full review


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Tony Mitchell is the author of Popular Music and Local Identity: Rock, Pop and Rap in Europe and Oceania (1996). He is Senior Lecturer in Writing and Cultural Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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