Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree

1, 1970s-1981

Book - 2014 | 2nd Fantagraphics Books ed.
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Captures the history of the formative years of hip-hop, including such rap pioneers as Afrika Bambaataa, MC Sha Rock, and DJ Kool Herc.
"Yes yes, y'all! Acclaimed young cartoonist Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) schools you on the old school in this essential, explosively entertaining, encyclopedic cultural chronicle of an American art form that changed the world. Hip Hop Family Tree (originally serialized online at Boing Boing) takes you form the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios and radio stations where the scene started to boom, in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. The vivd personalities and magnetic performances of early stars like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, The Surgarhill Gang, and Funky 4+1 come to life, as do the no-less-charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and Rick Rubin. And graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy meets Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large."--Back cover.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2014, c2013.
Edition: 2nd Fantagraphics Books ed.
ISBN: 9781606996904
1606996908
Branch Call Number: 782.421649 PISKO
Characteristics: 112 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm

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From self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, this encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture is an essential cultural chronicle for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how... Read More »


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multcolib_rossb Jul 19, 2015

This comic book history of early NY hip hop is printed on big, newsprint-style pages, with fantastic Jack Kirby-esque art. Funny, informative, awesome.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

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

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Piskor's passion for his subject is exhilarating and contagious as he highlights two of the least respected artistic mediums, comics and hip-hop, showing how both of them are great.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hip_hop_family_tree_2_piskor

nowayman007 Feb 28, 2014

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

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.

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