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Book Title: Hip Hop America|
Date of issue: April 26th 2005
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The author of the book: Nelson George
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.22 MB
Edition: Penguin Books
Read full description of the books Hip Hop America:I always have a hard time trying to review non-fiction books and this could easily turn into my personal musings about hip hop and what it meant to be growing up in post communist Poland listening to hip hop. Being born in 1982 in still communist Poland I missed out on the beginnings of movement but joined happily as soon as I could.
Nelson George’s book fills the gaps for me – whoever heard of DJ Hollywood? – about how it all started.
The book sounds more like a sentimental journey through the history of hip hop rather than anything encyclopaedic. And, of course, George defends the genre as much as he can. He does it quite logically and sometimes I had to rethink my position (for example I – gasp! – can see some merit in gangsta rap now). Thankfully he is not trying to justify the misogyny of so many hip hop records because I would have to lower my rating considerably. As it is, it is a decent 3 – 3.5 star effort. It feels more like an introduction, as it is only about 200 pages long but gives a good idea about what hip hop was in the 80’s and the first half of the 90s.
It also investigates all the connections hip hop has made whether in fashion, film making or general visual arts. At the time when the book was written hip hop had already started selling out. Now it is just pimping itself to the limits. It has sadly turned from a movement into a product but on the positive note, it hasn’t died.
George closes the book with this sentence:
“One day in the year 2005, 2010, 2020, all this fun and fury will seem as antiquated as spats and big bands do to us “. Well, it is 2010 and it doesn't seem so. Hip hop is very much alive and kicking. And there is still quality to it but as it is often the case, you have to dig deeper underground now.
Read information about the authorNelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture.
Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie 'Life Support'. The critically acclaimed drama looked at the effects of HIV on a troubled black family in his native Brooklyn, New York. He recently co-edited, with Alan Leeds, 'The James Brown Reader (Plume)', a collection of previously published articles about the Godfather of Soul that date as far back the late '50s. Plume published the book in May '08.
He is an executive producer on two returning cable shows: the third season of BET's American Gangster and the fifth airing of VH1's Hip Hop Honors. George is the executive producer of the Chris Rock hosted feature documentary, Good Hair, a look at hair weaves, relaxers and the international black hair economy that's premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Nelson George serves as host of Soul Cities, a travel show that debuted in November 2008. on VH1 Soul. Nelson visited Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Memphis, New Orleans and the Bay Area. He eats food, visits historic sites, and hears lots of music. LaBelle, Robin Thicke, Babyface, Rafael Saadiq, Angie Stone and Jazmine Sullivan are among the many artists who talked with Nelson and perform. The second season starts shooting in Spring 2009.
Throughout the '80s and '90s George was an columnist for Billboard magazine and the Village Voice newspaper, work that led him to write a series of award winning black music histories: 'Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound'; 'The Death of Rythm & Blues'; and 'Hip Hop America'. He won a Grammy for his contribution to the linear notes package on the James Brown 'Star Time' boxed set. George co-wrote 'Life and Def', the autobiography of his old friend Russell Simmons. He's also had a career writing fiction, including the bestselling 'One Woman Short', and the story, 'It's Never Too Late in New York', which has been in several anthologies of erotica.
As a screenwriter George co-wrote 'Strictly Business', which starred Halle Berry, and 'CB4', a vehicle for Chris Rock. His work with Rock led to his involvement with 'The Chris Rock Show', an Emmy award winning HBO late night series. He was an executive producer of Jim McKay's film, 'Everyday People', which premiered at the Sundance festival, and Todd Williams' Peabody award winning documentary 'The N Word'. In 2009 Viking will publish his memoir, 'City Kid', a look at the connections between childhood in Brooklyn and his adult career in Manhattan, Los Angeles and Detroit.
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