Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree

2, 1981-1983

Graphic Novel - 2014
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"Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," and the movie Wild Style, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)! Featuring an introduction by Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn"--
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Fantagraphics Books,, 2014.
Edition: Fantagraphics treasury edition First Fantagraphics books edition.
ISBN: 9781606997567
1606997564
Branch Call Number: GN PISK
Characteristics: 112 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 34 cm

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The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium - the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker... Read More »


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multcolib_rossb Jul 19, 2015

This comic book history of early NY hip hop is printed on big, newsprint-style pages, with fantastic Jack Kirby-esque art. Funny, informative, awesome.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

You sometimes hear people talk about preferring the feeling of holding a book to reading electronically. Well, Hip Hop Family Tree was made to be read in book form. Piskor's drawing style is gloriously detailed and re-appropriates Robert Crumb's visuals in the same way that his subjects mix and match different drumbeats from artists such as James Brown to create something wholly new. Even the paper's look and feel seems to suggest that the volume is some lost gem from the Seventies.

CRRL_CraigG Jun 25, 2015

Piskor's passion for his subject is exhilarating and contagious as he highlights two of the least respected artistic mediums, comics and hip-hop, showing how both of them are great.

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Mar 19, 2014

Amazing history of hip hop done in the graphic novel format. Turns out to be the perfect vehicle for such a vibrant culture. Double bonus for the oversized 70s comic look of the book.

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nowayman007 Feb 28, 2014

How do I get a copy of this book? It looks great!

multcolib_rachaels Feb 28, 2014

Piskor's 1970s-style art fits the subject wonderfully, and this book is accurate (as far as I can tell) and hugely fun. His portrayal of Russell Simmons made me smile every time.

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