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Can't Stop Won't Stop Audiobook

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

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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 '60s 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.

©2005 Jeff Chang; introduction copyright 2005 by DJ Kool Herc (P)2016 Tantor

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    Andrew Gilman 09-19-17
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    "Great book!"

    He really did a wonderful job detailing the cultural and social history for each generation. I would love a book from him sometime in the future on today's generation.

    I bought the audio book version also but the narrator wasn't good. It felt like it was his first time reading the book and everything sounded like a promo.

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    Christopher Malcolm 08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect history... with one exception"

    Absolutely loved this book. A thoroughly researched history of not only hip hop, but the relation of the music to race and social justice over the last decades. Definitely one of the better books you'll come across whether you are a fan of hip hop or not. But...

    For a book that goes into such deep and absorbing detail into even the lesser known parts of the hip hop story, there is a fairly shocking absence. Though mentioned a few times in passing, there is virtually nothing on Tupac or Biggie. The book is so well done that I have to assume this was intentional. But how can you write a definitive history of the art and its affects on politics and culture and not include a chapter on Tupac? Yes, he's occasionally referred to, but if you're going to include a whole chapter on Go Go (which I love) then not having a chapter on one of the most influential people in rap and culture over the last quarter century stands out.

    But even with that said, the book is a high recommendation. I enjoyed it so much that I was really looking forward to the detailed chapter on Tupac and Biggie, so perhaps my enjoyment of the book is what made that absence such a letdown.

    Hopefully Chang will devote another anthology to just that section alone. I'll be the first to buy a copy.

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    Amazon Customer 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappointing."

    I started reading this in college for a class about 8 years ago and finally decided to finish it via audiobook. I'm an old school hip-hop nerd and was hoping for a bunch of behind the scenes stories about guys like Eric B. and Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, etc. About 20% of this book is that, the rest is about why Republicans are evil. It felt like the entire second half of the book was about the LA riots, which was interesting and informative, but if I wanted to learn more about that, I would have downloaded an audiobook about the LA riots. I understand that it all ties in with "hip-hop activism", but it's weird when an audiobook that is supposedly about a genre of music goes on for hours without mentioning said genre of music. The narrator was solid, I recommend imagining him wearing a beret the whole time you are listening. Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot from this book and there were many interesting anecdotes, but I would recommend this more as a political science book than a book about hip-hop.

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    Ben 02-05-17
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    "about so much more than music"

    never really appreciated the history behind the tunes until reading this. carries the narrative forward all the way to BLM. highly recommended.

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