April 8, 2007
Last year, I read Jeff Chang's Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, and was impressed by his handling of the socioeconomic forces that helped forge hip hop. His latest book, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-hop, takes a totally different path. An anthology, the book collects essays from some of the genre's founders and academics, A combination of history, opinion, interviews and panel discussions, the book is a bit uneven, but enlightening, and Chang keeps the work in focus.
An interesting related link:
Byron Crawford reviews the book, and Jeff Chang responds to the review in the comments.
For two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.
My next book is You Don't Love Me Yet: A Novel, by Jonathan Lethem.
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