Can't Stop Won't Stop (Young Adult Edition): A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
Can't Stop Won't Stop (Young Adult Edition): A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

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Annotation: The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang,... more
Catalog Number: #221666
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 352
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-79051-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8578-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-79051-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8578-5
Dewey: 782
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up The 2005 adult edition of Chang's sweeping overview of hip-hop history garnered several accolades, including an American Book Award. Due to its intended audience, this young adult adaptation is shorter than the original work. An author's note at the beginning indicates that some potentially offensive language has been removed. Part music history and part social history, the text is divided into four "loops," which highlight the performers of the spotlighted time period and the historical events that coincided with the music. Hip-hop aficionados will appreciate the first loop, which covers 19691982. Chang pays tribute to lesser-known artists who set the foundation for the genre and contemporary performers such as Notorious B.I.G. and LL Cool J. He also devotes equal time to groundbreaking all-female groups, such as Mercedes Ladies. The well-intentioned desire to include information about every possible performer makes the text sometimes difficult to read, with some paragraphs and pages serving as a laundry list of names. Chang establishes a clear link between hip-hop and its role in protesting racial injustice in the past (i.e. the Rodney King beating) and in the context of current events, such as the death of George Floyd. VERDICT This young adult nonfiction title will be enjoyed primarily by avid hip-hop fans who want to understand the origins of the genre. Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State Univ., NH
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A 2005 classic charting hip-hop’s rise to global prominence—while navigating the entanglements of race, class, politics, and poetics that lie at its heart—gets a long-overdue redux.Two veteran cultural critics bring the history of hip-hop to younger readers in 2021 as the infinite futures of the genre continue to expand. Readers can feel the seeds of Chang’s cultural organizing within the storytelling of this tour de force while Cook brings his decades of experience as a pioneering hip-hop journalist to give new color to this edition. They write of hip-hop’s birth in the figurative and all-too-literal fires of Kingston, Jamaica, and the South Bronx before becoming the world’s most significant youth cultural influence. Hip-hop founding father DJ Kool Herc reminds readers of the dualities of fun and responsibility at its core in the introduction. Chapters comb through the movement’s antecedents in the 1960s, traveling from coast to coast, through the South and all around the world. The authors show the oft-underrepresented ways that Black women have shaped hip-hop, and new chapters chart its championing in the 21st century as a lifestyle built around being anti-establishment grappled with commercial success, political influence, and social change during the 2020 summer of Covid and mass protest. In addition to satisfying committed fans, this stellar work could function as a supplementary text within any social studies narration of the post–civil rights–era U.S.Required history for young hip-hop heads—and everyone else. (reader's guide, endnotes, index) (Nonfiction 12-18)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* This engrossing, engaging account bills itself as a history of hip-hop, but it's so much more. Divided into four chronological sections (1969 1982; 1983 1990; 1991 1997; 1998 2020), chapters review social and political history in light of the myriad individuals and influences that created this vibrant culture. East Coast, West Coast, Black lives, brown lives, gang wars, civil unrest l are framed within the context of how they influenced, and were influenced by, the evolving hip-hop scene. Companies blacklisted artists and cancelled contracts, album releases were delayed, and songs were censored, all in testimony to the growing power of this gloriously defiant art form that gave voice to previously marginalized populations. This young adult version is an update to the 2005 adult edition, and terms that are generally considered to be offensive have been removed. There are also exhortations for young people to work together for positive change, beginning with DJ Kool Herc's introduction and carrying through to the final chapter, "Black Lives Matter." There's new material about the current generation of women rappers and their body-positivity messaging, the Too movement, and the impact of COVID-19 on the hip-hop community. The book ends with age-appropriate discussion questions that will help young readers grasp the tremendous influence hip-hop has had on current society.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (12/1/20)
Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 7-12

The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang, Can't Stop Won't Stop is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger generation. It defines a generation's worldview. Exploring hip hop's beginnings up to the present day, Jeff Chang and Dave "Davey D" Cook provide a provocative look into the new world that the hip hop generation has created. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip hop's forebears, founders, mavericks, and present day icons, this book chronicles the epic events, ideas and the music that marked the hip hop generation's rise.

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