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Can't Stop, Won't Stop

A History of the Hip-hop Generation
Chang, Jeff (Book - 2005)
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Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop has been a generation-defining global movement. In a post-civil rights era rapidly transformed by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop gave voiceless youths a chance to address these seismic changes, and became a job-making engine and the Esperanto of youth rebellion. Hip-hop crystallized a multiracial generation's worldview, and forever transformed politics and culture. But the epic story of how that happened has never been fully told . . . until now.
Authors: Chang, Jeff
Title: Can't stop, won't stop
a history of the hip-hop generation
Publisher: New York : Picador, c2005
Edition: 1st Picador ed
Characteristics: xiii, 546 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jeff Chang ; introduction by DJ Kool Herc
Contents: Introduction / DJ Kool Herc
Loop 1: Babylon is burning, 1968-1977
Necropolis : the Bronx and the politics of abandonment
Sipple out deh : Jamaica's roots generation and the cultural turn
Blood and fire, with occasional music : the gangs of the Bronx
Making a name : how DJ Kool Herc lost his accent and started hip-hop
Loop 2: Planet rock, 1975-1986
Soul salvation : the mystery and faith of Afrika Bambaataa
Furious styles : the evolution of style in the seven-mile world
The world is ours : the survival and transformation of Bronx style
Zulus on a time bomb : hip-hop meets the rockers downtown
1982 : rapture in Reagan's America
End of innocence : the fall of the old school
Loop 3: The message, 1984-1992
Things fall apart : the rise of the post-civil rights era
What we got to say : black suburbia, segregation and utopia in the late 1980s
Follow for now : the question of post-civil rights black leadership
The culture assassins : geography, generation and gangsta rap
The real enemy : the cultural riot of Ice Cube's death certificate
Loop 4: Stakes is high, 1992-2001
Gonna work it out : peace and rebellion in Los Angeles
All in the same gang : the war on youth and the quest for unity
Becoming the hip-hop generation : the source, the industry, and the big crossover
New world order : globalization, containment and counterculture at the end of the century
Appendix: Words, images and sounds: a selected resource guide
ISBN: 9780312425791
Branch Call Number: 782.421649 C456c 2005b
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references, discography, filmography, and index
Subject Headings: Music Social aspects Hip-hop Rap (Music) History and criticism
Topical Term: Music
Rap (Music)
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The definitive history of the culture known as Hip-Hop, Jeff Chang traces the foundations from Jamaica to the South Bronx. A fascinating account of its humble beginnings, a better history has yet to be written. Especially well done is the section on hip-hop's rise on the West Coast.

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Mar 01, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finally, a hip hop text that successfully puts it all in context as a major sociopolitical movement!

Can't Stop Won't Stop tells the story of hip-hop alongside the stories of polarizing housing and economic reforms, police brutality, drug trafficking, and the fight inner-city communities have put up to create meaning via music, dance and the visual arts. Chang has an encyclopedic knowledge of the cultural and political events that birthed hip-hop, and in Can't Stop Won't Stop he gifts that knowledge to us, taking us from 1960s Jamaica to 1990s L.A., with a twenty-year stop in New York on the way.

Chang does skip major artists in his history, which might disappoint some hip-hop fans, but I thought it was a great move in the context of this book. LL Cool J, Biggie, Wu-Tang -- they aren't really represented here, Chang having opted instead to showcase key artists in depth to emphasize sociopolitical conditions in inner-city communities: Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, Ice Cube. Chang resits the urge to deify these greats by offering a complex view of their work, putting it in dialogue with feminists and other activists who've often clashed with their views along the way.

One of my favorite chapters is about Ice Cube's Death Warrant, the uber-macho gangster rap album that evolved out of the race politics that defined L.A. during the Rodney King era of police brutality. Chang juxtaposes this with a prominent black feminist's critique, questioning Ice Cube's portrayal of women on the album. Chang both celebrates the art form and dissects the politics, giving us layers upon layers to enjoy unraveling.

Nov 29, 2009
  • Ross_Paterson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

More a look at the world of Hip hop than the music necessarily. Chang gives the music the social recognition that few others have. His chapters always feel as though they are driving headlong as fast as possible and have frequent cuts. Which is fine, but sometimes difficult to get a full sense of,.


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