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.
Local Note: 15 17 18 24 29 53 61 63 66 70 71 73 75 79 81 84 109 118 148 151 153 156 210 211 226 231 242 243 245 258
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Theodore
ISBN: 1596435402
Statement of Responsibility: Laban Carrick Hill ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Subject Headings: Rap musicians United States Biography Juvenile literature. Disc jockeys United States Biography Juvenile literature. Kool DJ Herc Juvenile literature.
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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