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.
Hill, Laban Carrick
When the beat was born
DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
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Statement of Responsibility:
Laban Carrick Hill ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
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