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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
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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.
Authors: Hill, Laban Carrick
Title: When the beat was born
DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Summary: 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.
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Theodore
ISBN: 1596435402
9781596435407
Branch Call Number: 921 DJ
Statement of Responsibility: Laban Carrick Hill ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Rap musicians Biography Disc jockeys Biography DJ Kool Herc
Topical Term: Rap musicians
Disc jockeys
LCCN: 2012029746
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Jul 22, 2014
  • 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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