Where You're at: Notes from the Frontline of a Hip-hop Planet

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Riverhead Books, 2003 - Music - 274 pages
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Spurred by his own deep love of the music and its central role in his life, but troubled by the current state of mainstream hip-hop culture, Patrick Neate sets off to discover if the music and culture that mean so much to him have retained true cultural vitality and significance anywhere in the world. Covering five continents and cities as diverse as New York, Rio, Tokyo, and Johannesburg, Neate discovers hip-hop reinventing itself internationally, locally, and individually. Spirited and idealistic, yet grittily insightful, Where You're Atis a global tour of a small planet, with hip-hop, in all its multifarious forms, as the main character.

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British novelist Neate (The London Pigeon Wars ) embarks on a series of planet-banding, gonzo-esque urban investigations to answer that truly Nietzschean question: is hip-hop dead? First stop: New ... Read full review

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Patrick Neate lives in London and Zambia. He is the author of three novels, and in 2001 he won England's Whitbread Award. He has published articles in many leading music magazines, including The Face, Mixmag, and Time Out, and an excerpt of the book will appear in Tracemagazine's forthcoming anthology of hip-hop writing.

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