Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Recently Read: Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983, by Ed Piskor

Even if Ed Piskor's continuing history of hip hop wasn't highly entertaining (and informative), who could resist a Treasury Edition-sized cover of Afrika Bambaataa in a Wally Woodesque spaceship?

With all the irreverent enthusiasm of his Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1, Piskor brings his history up to around 1983. That means the rise of Run DMC is covered, the origins of The Beastie Boys, the beginning of beat-boxing, the beginning of Def Jam Records... Plus, pinups by Katie Skelly, Matt Bors and more!

crams a lot into 96 pages. Highly recommended if you're interested in the complex and all-too-human fits and starts of a revolutionary art form.
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