Chang doesn't really get into music/graffiti/lyrics/dancing very much at all; he does, though, do a great job of explaining the social context in which all that art was produced.

That’s what I hope the hip-hop generation can do, to take us all to the next level by always reminding us: It ain’t about keeping it real, it’s about keeping it right.” If you love hip-hop, you should pick up a copy of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICEA SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLERIn AD 70, when Audio. A Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the YearIn 1746, Samuel Johnson undertook the Herculean ... "Jackson got along no better with his new teammates. "The Bronx is burning. Absolutely engrossing. The three main goals Chang achieves in his book, "Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," were to define Hip-Hop, discuss the history of Hip-Hop and arrange a list of chronological events in Hip-Hop.

When Major League Baseball raised the curtain on free agency before the 1977 season, owner George Steinbrenner opened his checkbook and with a $3 million offer landed the biggest prize in the game, home-run slugger Reggie Jackson, the son of a Negro Leaguer who had received seven dollars a game. "I'm a big, Black man with an IQ of 160, making $700,000 a year, and they treat me like dirt," Jackson said.

Not just a great music history book, but a great history book, plain and simple.I wanted to know more about the hip hop itself and not about the context of segregation and crime and the other stuff that I read about all the time.

""I wasn't loafing, Billy," Jackson protested.

But the Dodgers were like a red Corvette in a Malibu morning, a team perpetually speeding into the future. Don’t just be like a drug dealer, like another pusher.

Youth unemployment was said to be around 80%. DJ Kool Herc wrote the introduction. It became suddenly possible for kids from different blocks, different gangs and different races to mix. So keep in mind that that's what you're getting - a history of gang culture, youth politics and (most impressively) urban geography at the end of the twentieth century - and you'll probably enjoy the bookI found this a bit disappointing to be honest, but that's in large part because I was expecting something different.

In this way, the book is great for any music fan, even if you don't enjoy hip-hop - it excited you to look for records you haven't heard before and makes you rethink the genre.

The founders of hip-hop (DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Africa Bambaataa) get quite a lot of coverage.

"Who the fuck do you think you're talking to, That night in his hotel room, Jackson came to tears in front of a small group of news reporters. This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be. Shall we save America or ourselves?Robinson denounced the congressman for aligning with the Black Muslim.

Rather than attempting the impossible task of including the stories every major figure, Chang selects several prominent actors who serve as representatives for the branching directions of the cultural movement. Bob Marley was in a foreign studio, recovering from an assassin’s ambush and singing: “Many more will have to suffer. Cut the crap.

If the topic interests you, read it. Doesn't talk about hip hop directly, but lays out a history of the destruction of a community by the Cross Bronx Expressway that is heartbreaking. Robert Moses, the most powerful modern urban builder of all time, led the white exodus out of the Bronx.It began with a master plan designed in 1929 by the New York Regional Plan Association.

It wasn’t overtly political, although it was However, by the time the mid-80s rolled around, there was no escaping politics. This was not the book I was expecting, but I definitely liked the book I got. task of writing the first comprehensive English dictionary. Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation is a book by Jeff Chang chronicling the early hip hop scene.. Loved the allusion to DeLillo's great prologue from UNDERWORLD at the start ("Longing on a large scale is what makes history.") I'm the straw that stirs the drink." Critics praise the book’s epic scope and how it … The Dodgers were originally a Brooklyn owned team and were the first to break the baseball color line by hiring baseball legend Jackie Robinson in Can't Stop, Won't Stop, Chapter One. shame I feel bad about only giving it 3 stars, but this only really took off from about page 200 when it got into Public Enemy and beyond. "The downward spiral created its own economy. Exhaustive but only scratches the surface. Loop 1: In this chapter George Steinbrener, manager of the NY Yankee's signed African American Reggie Jackson to. While many (probably hundreds) of books have been written about the history and sociology of hip-hop and the people who listen to it, I can’t think of any that cover quite as much material as “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”, and there are very few written in an accessible style. This culture was born in the ghetto.