• Walk This Way

  • Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever
  • By: Geoff Edgers
  • Narrated by: Geoff Edgers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Walk This Way

By: Geoff Edgers
Narrated by: Geoff Edgers
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Publisher's summary

Washington Post national arts reporter Geoff Edgers takes a deep dive into the story behind "Walk This Way", Aerosmith and Run-DMC's legendary, groundbreaking mashup that forever changed music.

The early 1980s were an exciting time for music. Hair-metal bands were selling out stadiums, while clubs and house parties in New York City had spawned a new genre of music. At the time, though, hip-hop's reach was limited, an art form largely ignored by mainstream radio deejays and the rock-obsessed MTV network. 

But in 1986, the music world was irrevocably changed when Run-DMC covered Aerosmith's hit "Walk This Way" in the first rock/hip-hop collaboration. Others had tried melding styles. This was different, as a pair of iconic arena rockers and the young kings of hip-hop shared a studio and started a revolution. The result: something totally new and instantly popular. Most importantly, "Walk This Way" would be the first rap song to be played on mainstream rock radio. 

In Walk This Way, Geoff Edgers sets the scene for this unlikely union of rockers and MCs, a mashup that both revived Aerosmith and catapulted hip-hop into the mainstream. He tracks the paths of the main artists - Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joseph "Run" Simmons, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels - along with other major players on the scene across their lives and careers, illustrating the long road to the revolutionary marriage of rock and hip-hop. 

Deeply researched and written in cinematic style, this music history is a must-hear for fans of hip-hop, rock, and everything in between.

©2019 Geoff Edgers (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“The question with a book like this - a book that zeroes in on a particular happening or art moment and then extrapolates boomingly outward - is always: Is there enough there? Enough action at the core, that is, and enough concentrically moving energy to prevent the narrative from collapsing in on itself as it stretches to book length? The answer in this case, I am happy to report, is yes.” (The Atlantic)

"[A] fascinating chronicle.... Edgers proves a master storyteller, rushing through the parallel narratives like a hip-hop DJ crossfading between turntables.” (The Boston Globe)

“An exhaustively sourced, briskly entertaining read.” (The Washington Post)  

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