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Can't Stop Won't Stop

A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Jeff Chang; Introduction by DJ Kool Herc

Picador


Winner of the American Book Award

Winner of the Asian American Literary Award
Winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award
New York Magazine's Best Music Book of the Year
Winner of the ARSC Award for Excellence
 
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 the kind of breadth, insight, and style that informs this study.

Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, and 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, ideas, music, and art that marked hip-hop's rise from the ashes of the 1960s into the new millennium.

Here is a powerful work of cultural and social history that documents the end of the American century while taking a provocative look at the new world the hip-hop generation has created.

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"His scope is operatic, sprawling, and concerns itself with the people, places, and politics that drove hip-hop from its infancy. . . . It is essentially a people's history . . . perhaps Jeff Chang is hip-hop America's Howard Zinn."--Salon.com
 
"The birth of hip-hop out of the ruin of the South Bronx is a story that has been told many times, but never with the cinematic scope and the analytic force that Jeff Chang brings to it. . . . This is one of the most urgent and passionate histories of popular music ever written."--The New Yorker
 
"When Hip-Hop 101 becomes a requirement, Jeff Chang's history of the turmoil that begat this beloved culture will be the go-to textbook."--Vibe magazine
 
"The most important new genre of the last quarter century finally has a sweeping historical overview as powerful as the music with Can't Stop Won't Stop . . . the best-argued, most thoroughly researched case for hip-hop as a complete and truly American culture."--Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Chang tells these stories beautifully . . . provocative."--The New York Times Book Review
 
"Jeff Chang's new and necessary book . . . delivers a vivid account of the last third of the American twentieth century. . . . The book is as much a cultural history as a music history."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This is a book that should be on the shelves of every high school and college library, an engaging and entertaining full-blown excursion into American inner-city culture's rapid proliferation into every nook and cranny of culture at large."--Los Angeles Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jeff Chang; Introduction by DJ Kool Herc

  • Jeff Chang has been a hip-hop journalist for more than a decade and has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, 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's 360hiphop.com, and cofounder of the influential hip-hip label SoleSides, now Quannum Projects. He lives in California.
  • Jeff Chang © Monica May
    Jeff Chang
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A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Jeff Chang; Introduction by DJ Kool Herc

American Book Award Winner

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