March 22, 2006
Jeff Chang's Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation captures the sociological forces that formed hip hop, from Jamaica to the Bronx to Los Angeles. Much more than a collection of stories about hip hop pioneeers, Chang takes us to the streets where hip hop was born. From my own white, middle-class upbringing, the resulting book was often eye-opening, and I'll be heartily recommending this book both for its social commentary as well as its music history.
My next book is Jay Ryan's collection of indie show posters, 100 Posters, 135 Squirrels.