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 60's 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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Many good books have been written about the history of hip-hop music and the generation that nurtured it. Can't Stop Won't Stop ranks among the best. Jeff Chang covers the music--from its Jamaican roots in the late 1960s to its birth in the Bronx; its eventual explosion from underground to the American mainstream--with style, including DJs, MCs, b-boys, graffiti art, Black Nationalism, groundbreaking singles and albums, and the street parties that gave rise to a genuine movement. But the book is about more than beats and rhymes. What distinguishes his book from the pack is Chang's examination of how hip-hop has shaped not only pop music, but American history and culture over the past 30 years. He shows how events such as urban flight, race riots, neighborhood reclamation projects, gang warfare in the Bronx and Los Angeles, and grassroots movements that influenced political agendas are as integral a part of the hip-hop story as the music itself. He also charts the concurrent rise of hip-hop activism and the commodification of the music and the ideological clashes that developed as a result.
Based on hundreds of interviews and over a decade of work as a respected music journalist, Chang offers colorful profiles of the lives and influences of "the trinity of hip-hop music"--Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and DJ Kool Herc--along with many other artists, label executives, DJs, writers, filmmakers, and promoters. Impressive in its scope, Can't Stop Won't Stop is a lively and sharply written exploration of the power of hip-hop to unite people across generational, racial, and economic lines. --Shawn CarkonenAbout the Author:
Jeff Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for over a decade and has written for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The Village Voice, Vibe, The Nation, URB, Rap Pages, Spin and Mother Jones. He was a founding editor of Colorlines Magazine, Senior Editor at Russell Simmons' 360hiphop.com and co-founder of the influential hip-hop label, SoleSides, now Quannum Projects. He lives in California.
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise forCan't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation: "Flow without the ego, intellectualism without Ivory Tower disdain, and, finally, history with heart and passion and fire: Jeff Chang'sCan't Stop Won't Stopmanages to go from wide-lens overview to pinpoint accuracy in covering the biggest cultural-political movement of our time. A true accomplishment." - Farai Chideya, author ofTrustandThe Color of Our Future "Jeff Chang is a master alchemist, spinning narrative gold from a weave of sociology, history, political theory, and old fashioned boom-bap. . .Can't Stop Won't Stopis one of the best books yet written on the shifting, tumultuous history of hip-hop culture and the generation of adherents it spat onto the American and global landscape. It is a tour-de-force." - Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, author ofGunshots In My Cook-Up: Bits of Hip-Hop Caribbean Life "An exuberant and revelatory history of the inner-city cultural revolution that still rocks the world. Jeff Chang is hip-hop's John Reed." - Mike Davis, author ofCity of QuartzandPlanet of Slums "One of our most insightful commentators on urban music takes a panoramic survey of hip-hop's entirety. . .Authoritative, incisive, and entertaining,Can't Stop Won't Stopis a massive achievement." - Simon Reynolds, author ofRip It Up And Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84andGeneration Ecstasy "Don't be misled; this is not just another rap book. . .inflammatory, illuminating, and anything but myopic, the scope of Chang's work is awe-inspiring." - DJ Shadow, hip-hop artist, Endtroducing and The Private Press "This book belongs on your shelf next to Criminal Minded, Illmatic and All Eyez On Me." - William Jelani Cobb, Ph.D, author ofTo The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic "Orale pues-Can't Stop Won't Stopdraws from the fire, verve, rage, injustices, pains, victories, and creativity of a whole generation of marginalized, forgotten, pissed-on and pissed-off youth." - Luis J. Rodriguez, author ofAlways Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LAandHearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times "Jeff Chang backspins the uninterrogated truisms that plague so much hip hop scholarship. . .Can't Stop Won't Stopis a fluid, incisive analysis built from the ground up, with plenty of funky breakdowns." - Adam Mansbach, author ofAngry White BoyandShackling Water "Has any scholar ever loved hip hop so well-and taken it as seriously-as Jeff Chang does inCan't Stop Won't Stop?" - Bill Adler, author ofTougher Than Leather "From the intellectual roots of Black cultural and political movements to the emergence of hip-hop activism,Can't Stop Won't Stopis the most comprehensive book out on hip-hop." - Henry Chalfant, co-producer Style Wars, co-author ofSubway ArtandSpraycan Art "Can't Stop Won't Stopbrings us so much closer to fully understanding the complexities that inspired the Hip-Hop Generation." - Mark Anthony Neal, author ofSongs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation "Jeff Chang has created a new rhythm in hip-hop writing. A must-read and an instant classic." - B+ (Brian Cross), photographer, producer/director of Keepintime, and author ofIt's Not About A Salary. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_031230143X
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