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September 23, 2007

34 Down, 18 To Go ("Third Coast") (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Having loved in the American south for most of my adult life, and being a music lover, you would think I had a clue about hip hop's evolution in this part of the country. When southern hip hop was being born, however, I was entrenched as an indie rock fan, and seldom ventured outside tha genre's boundaries.

In Third Coast: OutKast, Timbaland, and How Hip-Hop Became a Southern Thing, Roni Sarig delves into the history of southern hip hop by chronicling its formation in cities like Miami, Houston, and Atlanta, and opens the book by declaring that although hip hop has its roots elsewhere, rap was founded in the south. Sarig's profiles of prominent artists (Master P, OutKast, etc.) offer personal accounts of the music's growth and fill the book with personal narratives.

For two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is the A.M. Homes' novel, This Book Will Save Your Life.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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