Hip-Hop Is History: The New York Times bestseller (Hardback)
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Hip-Hop Is History: The New York Times bestseller (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 11/06/2024
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A must-read for old-school hip-hop heads and burgeoning fans alike
Time

'Hip Hip is not History, it's Our story. Brilliant book'
Craig Charles

'Hip-Hop Is History melds a detailed chronological retelling of the genre's story with occasionally hair-raising memoir '
Guardian

'Sharp and lyrical analyses of hip-hop's evolution with fascinating, up-close recollections of the genre's turning point... an exuberant account of a dynamic musical genre and the cultural climate in which it evolved
Publishers Weekly

When hip-hop first emerged in the 1970s, it wasn't expected to become the cultural force it is today. But for a young Black kid growing up in a musical family in Philadelphia, it was everything. He stayed up late to hear the newest songs on the radio. He saved his money to buy vinyl as soon as it landed. He even started to try to make his own songs. That kid was Questlove, and decades later, he is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a New York Times bestselling author, a producer, an entrepreneur, a cofounder of one of hip-hop's defining acts (the Roots), and the genre's unofficial in-house historian.

In this landmark book, Hip-Hop Is History, Questlove skilfully traces the creative and cultural forces that made and shaped hip-hop, highlighting both the forgotten but influential gems and the undeniable chart-topping hits-and weaves it all together with the stories no one else knows. It is at once an intimate, sharply observed story of a cultural revolution and a sweeping, grand theory of the evolution of the great artistic movement of our time. And Questlove, of course, approaches it with not only the encyclopaedic fluency and passion of an obsessive fan but also the expertise and originality of an innovative participant.

Hip-hop is history, and also his history.

'A must-read for music lovers, cultural history buffs, and hip-hop fans... Questlove's illuminating and insightful survey is as personal as it is expert'
Booklist

'A memorable, masterful history of the first 50 years of an indelible American art form'
Kirkus Reviews

The musician and Oscar-winning director traces the first 50 years of hip-hop... Questlove pairs the history of hip-hop with a personal reflection on how the genre shaped his identity during his childhood in Philadelphia
The Week

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781399621618
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Hip-Hop Is History melds a detailed chronological retelling of the genre's story with occasionally hair-raising memoir - Guardian

A must-read for old-school hip-hop heads and burgeoning fans alike - Time

Nobody knows more about hip-hop, and perhaps popular music in general, than Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson...a wonderful ride, coloured by personal digressions and crisp observations - Observer

Sharp insights...[an] engaging chronology...entertaining - Financial Times

Questlove interweaves sharp and lyrical analyses of hip-hop's evolution with fascinating, up-close recollections of the genre's turning point...It's an exuberant account of a dynamic musical genre and the cultural climate in which it evolved - Publishers Weekly

A memorable, masterful history of the first 50 years of an indelible American art form...[Questlove's] observations spanning the entirety of hip-hop's history are consistently illuminating... [His] instincts as a superfan and artist take this history beyond the hype to something very special - Kirkus Reviews

Hip Hip is not History, it's Our story. Brilliant book. - Craig Charles

Engaging and deeply knowledgeable - Buzz Magazine

This is a must-read for music lovers, cultural history buffs, and hip-hop fans... Questlove's illuminating and insightful survey is as personal as it is expert - Booklist

The musician and Oscar-winning director traces the first 50 years of hip-hop... Questlove pairs the history of hip-hop with a personal reflection on how the genre shaped his identity during his childhood in Philadelphia - The Week

Hugely readable...an encyclopaedic and idiosyncratic personal history of rap music now that it is more than 50 years old...[Questlove is] great at catching the sonic thrill and originality of the music. Nearly every page will have you jumping onto YouTube just to listen to the tunes he's talking about - Herald

With Questlove, his world is wrapped up in that history. So you get the story mixed with his personal experience. It's also beautifully written - Moonbuilding

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