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Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop
Author: Jeff Chang
ISBN 13: 9780465009091
ISBN 10: 465009093
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $18.95

The author of the award-winning Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop assembles the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the future of the most important cultural movement of our time

Publishers Weekly

In this wide-ranging, academic anthology of essays, interviews and panel discussions, 2005 American Book Award winner Jeff Chang (Can't Stop, Won't Stop) presents hip-hop's past, present and future as seen by some of its founding figures, guiding lights, journalists and scholars. From a post civil rights era grassroots phenomenon born in the streets of the Bronx, N.Y., hip-hop has become a global cultural movement whose stylistic impact and social perspectives clearly extend beyond popular rap music. Part manifesto, part apologia, the collection takes on such topics as the aesthetics behind hip-hop photography and graffiti, offers an informative history of hip-hop dance and assesses hip-hop's effects on literature and theater, while pursuing debates about identity, sexuality and homophobia. Especially intriguing are pieces documenting hip-hop's sociopolitical influence in Cuba (Chang's interview with filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fauntauzzi) and South Africa (an essay by Capetown natives Shaheen Ariefdien, performer/anthropologist, and Nazli Abrahams, an educator). Not surprisingly, amid talk about "keepin' it real" and multiculturalism, multiple definitions of hip-hop emerge ideas and values that are as varied and contradictory as the book's attempt to critically scrutinize hip-hop in context. (Feb.)

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