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This book represents the Holy Grail of early hip hop journalism, written by the only professional journalist to travel to the South Bronx in the early 1980s to document the origins of the culture. For anyone interested in "first generation," this is the most authentic portrait of hip hop before commercialization took over. Sadly, the hard copy book was published before its This book represents the Holy Grail of early hip hop journalism, written by the only professional journalist to travel to the South Bronx in the early 1980s to document the origins of the culture. For anyone interested in "first generation," this is the most authentic portrait of hip hop before commercialization took over. Sadly, the hard copy book was published before its time and never saw the distribution or sales it deserved. Copies of the original edition sell for as much as $500. This version contains new material not found in the original print edition.


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This book represents the Holy Grail of early hip hop journalism, written by the only professional journalist to travel to the South Bronx in the early 1980s to document the origins of the culture. For anyone interested in "first generation," this is the most authentic portrait of hip hop before commercialization took over. Sadly, the hard copy book was published before its This book represents the Holy Grail of early hip hop journalism, written by the only professional journalist to travel to the South Bronx in the early 1980s to document the origins of the culture. For anyone interested in "first generation," this is the most authentic portrait of hip hop before commercialization took over. Sadly, the hard copy book was published before its time and never saw the distribution or sales it deserved. Copies of the original edition sell for as much as $500. This version contains new material not found in the original print edition.

37 review for Hip hop : the illustrated history of break dancing, rap music, and graffiti

  1. 5 out of 5

    Byron

    The thing you realize reading this is that every book that covers the early days of hip-hop, i.e. like '74 to '82, draws from this book. Hager was the guy who actually went to the South Bronx and got the story from Bambaataa (ahem), Kool Herc et al., and I guess they figured it wasn't necessary to send anyone else. Er, very many other people. And obviously it would be difficult for someone now to research the Bronx in the mid '70s. Hence the Get Down. LOL In addition to the groundbreaking history The thing you realize reading this is that every book that covers the early days of hip-hop, i.e. like '74 to '82, draws from this book. Hager was the guy who actually went to the South Bronx and got the story from Bambaataa (ahem), Kool Herc et al., and I guess they figured it wasn't necessary to send anyone else. Er, very many other people. And obviously it would be difficult for someone now to research the Bronx in the mid '70s. Hence the Get Down. LOL In addition to the groundbreaking history of hip-hop, which was packaged back in the mid '80s as a sort of breakdancing book (I think my school library had a copy), the Kindle version comes with some of the articles that eventually led to the writing of the book, a few things that were published either subsequent to the book's release or after the time covered in the book, and the original script for the movie that became Beat Street. Admittedly, I didn't bother reading the script to the original Beat Street, even though I grew up on the movie and I've read my share of screenplays, in part as a result of knowing a few aspiring screenwriters. Maybe one of these days I'll have a look. Hager complains that the script they ended up filming was crap compared to his original. If it's anything like the book, I can believe it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Milton Roiz

    The original hip hop book This is where it all got started. While nowadays anybody could claim hip hop's history, this was the first book to capture the true essence of the original founders from deejays, to b-boys, to rappers and graffiti artists. This is the raw uncut. The original hip hop book This is where it all got started. While nowadays anybody could claim hip hop's history, this was the first book to capture the true essence of the original founders from deejays, to b-boys, to rappers and graffiti artists. This is the raw uncut.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Skyler

    The Holy Grail of hip hop books, Steven Hager's account of the movement's first four years, including the history of graffiti and breaking as well as the DJ and the emcee, provides hip hop with the origins story it deserves. The Holy Grail of hip hop books, Steven Hager's account of the movement's first four years, including the history of graffiti and breaking as well as the DJ and the emcee, provides hip hop with the origins story it deserves.

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