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Hip Hop Family Tree

1, 1970s-1981
Piskor, Ed (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium ae" the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskorae(tm)s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns meets- Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted. plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then-punker Rick Rubin. Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddyae(tm)s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large. Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.
Authors: Piskor, Ed
Title: Hip hop family tree
1, 1970s-1981
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Fantagraphics Books,, 2013
Edition: First Fantagraphics Books edition, Fantagraphics treasury edition
Characteristics: 112 pages :,color illustrations ;,33 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ed Piskor
Notes: Title from spine
ISBN: 1606996908
9781606996904
Branch Call Number: GN 782.42164 PISKOR 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (page 106), discography (page 106) and index
Subject Headings: African American youth Social life and customs Comic books, strips, etc Music Social aspects Comic books, strips, etc Turntablism Comic books, strips, etc Rap musicians Comic books, strips, etc Rap (Music) History and criticism Comic books, strips, etc Hip-hop Comic books, strips, etc
Topical Term: African American youth
Music
Turntablism
Rap musicians
Rap (Music)
Hip-hop
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Comment by: multcolib_rachaels Feb 28, 2014

Piskor's 1970s-style art fits the subject wonderfully, and this book is accurate (as far as I can tell) and hugely fun. His portrayal of Russell Simmons made me smile every time.

A graphic novel that tells the story of hip hop's early days in the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom.


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Sep 04, 2014
  • ptv023 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing history of hip hop done in the graphic novel format. Turns out to be the perfect vehicle for such a vibrant culture. Double bonus for the oversized 70s comic look of the book.

Check the blog it originated from here:
http://boingboing.net/tag/hip-hop-family-tree

May 14, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You sometimes hear people talk about preferring the feeling of holding a book to reading electronically. Well, Hip Hop Family Tree was made to be read in book form. Piskor's drawing style is gloriously detailed and reappropriates Robert Crumb's visuals in the same way that his subjects mix and match different drumbeats from artists such as James Brown to create something wholly new. Even the paper's look and feel seems to suggest that the volume is some lost gem from the Seventies.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hip_hop_family_tree_piskor

Another book to check out that I just read today is "When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop" by Laban Carrick Hill/illustrated by Theodore Taylor III. Done as a picture book, this too is nice look at the history of hip hop and a snapshot of the early days. Includes an author's note filled with a timeline and a hip hop select biography of books, movies and websites.

How do I get a copy of this book? It looks great!

Feb 28, 2014
  • multcolib_rachaels rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Piskor's 1970s-style art fits the subject wonderfully, and this book is accurate (as far as I can tell) and hugely fun. His portrayal of Russell Simmons made me smile every time.

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May 14, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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