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The primary aim of this Bibliography is to present references for Hiphop scholarship. We focus on work that includes pivotal theories as well as research methods and methodology. We seldom list a publication of someone’s opinions. The only exception is when an opinion publication is part of a larger initiative of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute.

In addition to books, we list peer-reviewed articles, films, dissertations, theses, journals and salient magazine issues. Send recommendations to build our collection to the Associate Director of the Hiphop University Project.

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Title: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 33 1/3
Author: Graves, Kirk
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., New York
ISSN/ISBN: 2147483647
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In the first decade of the twenty-first century, Kanye West created the most compelling body of pop music by an American artist during the period. By the time he released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) in late 2010, he had evolved into a master collagist, an alchemist capable of transfiguring scattered pop shards and indelible beats into a brash and vulnerable new art form.

 

The arc of Kanye's career mirrors the march of pop music into the digital age, and-by extension-the contradictions that define our cultural epoch. In a cloud-based and on-demand culture, West straddles this critical moment as what David Samuels of The Atlantic calls "the first true genius of the iPhone era, the Mozart of contemporary American music."

 

Swallowing the chaos wrought by his public persona and digesting it as a grandiose allegory of self-redemption, Kanye sublimates his narcissism to paint masterstroke after masterstroke on MBDTF, a 69-minute hymm to egotistical excess. Sampling and ventriloquizing the pop music past to tell the story of its future - very much a tale of our culture's wish for unfettered digital ubiquity - MBDTF is the album for its time, an aesthetic self-acquittal and spiritual autobiography of our era's most dynamic artist.

 

Kirk Walker Graves is a writer from Tennessee at work on his first novel. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives with his wife and son in Nashville.

Language: Enlgish
Volume: 1
Pages: 136
Copies at the Archive: 1

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Soul Train

Title: Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation
Author: Questlove
Co-authors: Gladys Knight & Nick Cannon
Publisher: Harper Design, New York
ISSN/ISBN: 2147483647
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With Its Smooth, soulful tunes and groovy dance moves, Soul Train launched the careers of countless African American artists and set lasting trends in music, dance, and fashion for more than three decades. To create this unparalleled tribute to the show, Questlove, the brilliant frontman for the Roots, has pored through more than 1,100 episodes of the show and been given exclusive access to its archives to present hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and the riveting, unfiltered story of how Don Cornelius revolutionized black entertainment.

            In this incredible volume, Questlove takes you on a journey from the show's conception and first episode in 1971 to Don's final episode as host in 1993. You will learn how all-star performers such as Ike and Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, the Beastie Boys, and Mariah Carey, to name a few, got their start, and get an up-close look at the show's most memorable dancers, and the moves and fashion they popularized.

            Soul Train was the longest-running syndicated program in television history. It was beloved by generations of youth, like Questlove, who eagerly awaited every episode, and young music lovers are still discovering it today. It's taken more than forty years for the awesome legacy of Soul Train to be celebrated in a proper way, and this book does just that.

Language: Enlgish
Pages: 240

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Protest Nation

Title: Protest Nation: Words That Inspired A Century Of American Radicalism
Author: McCarthy, Timothy
Co-authors: John McMillian
Publisher: The New Press, New York
ISSN/ISBN: 2147483647
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Protest Nation is a dazzling collection of the speeches, letters, broadsides, essays, and manifestos that form the modern-day backbone of the powerful American tradition of activism and struggle. Here are the words-from socialists, feminists, union organizers, civil-rights workers, gay and lesbian activists, and environmentalists-that have been beacons for millions, reaching from the present and going back through decades of radical thinking and movement-building. Brief introductory essays by the editors provide a rich biographical and historical context for the selections, which include a fiery speech by the great socialist orator Eugene Debs, the original Black Panther Party Platform, Harvey Mik's "The Hope Speech," and Peter Singer's astonishing treatise on animal liberation. Protest Nation captures twentieth-century American radical thought and action and will both thrill and inspire twenty-first-century readers.

 

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is a Lecturer and Director of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a co-editor of The Radical Reader and Prophets of Protest (both published by The New Press). John McMillian is the author of Tom Paine's Children and a co-editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture.

Language: English
Pages: 230
Copies at the Archive: 1

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Freedom Sounds

Title: Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa
Author: Monson, Ingrid
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New York
ISSN/ISBN: 2147483647
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An insightful examination of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement and African Independence on jazz in the 1950s and 60s, Freedom Sounds traces the complex relationships among music, politics, aesthetics, and activism through the lens of the hot-button racial and economic issues of the time. Ingrid Monson illustrates how the contentious soul-searching debates in the Civil Rights, African Independence, and Black Power movements shaped aesthetic discussion and exerted a moral pressure on musicians to take action. Freedom Sounds will be avidly read by students and academics in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, popular music, African American Studies, and African diasporic studies, as well as fans of jazz, hip hop, and African American music.

Ingrid Monson is Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, supported by the Time Warner Endowment at Harvard University, where she holds a joint appointment in the departments of music and African and African American studies.

Language: English
Pages: 402
Copies at the Archive: 2

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Hip-Hop & Rap

Title: Hip-Hop & Rap: Complete Lyrics For 175 Songs
Author: D., Spence
Publisher: Hal Leonard
ISSN/ISBN: 63404964
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Complete Lyrics For 175 Songs

Language: English
Copies at the Archive: 1

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