When the Beat Was Born

When the Beat Was Born

DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Book - 2013 | 1st ed. --
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A John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner

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.

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781596435407
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Theodore III.


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DPLjosie May 15, 2018

This is a great musical biography! And now I know where the term "break dancing" came from. I feel smarter, already.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/when_the_beat_was_born_hill

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