When the Beat Was Born

DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Hill, Laban Carrick

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When the Beat Was Born
Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781596435407
Branch Call Number: 921 DJ
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Theodore III


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A kid from the Bronx discovers a new way to spin records at block parties, becoming the world's first hip-hop DJ and changing the course of music history.

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Jul 22, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book manages to concisely explain the earliest beginnings of hip-hop culture, including dance moves and how the movement's influence erupted. Hill also has a splendid author's note in the back explaining why Herc's music is so important to him. There's also a timeline for the evolution of hip-hop up from 1973 to 1986.

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