Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree

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Book - 2014 | First Fantagraphics Books edition, Fantagraphics treasury edition.
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Vol. 2 of the graphic novel series Hip Hop Family Tree covers the early years of 1981-1983. Hip Hop has transitioned 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," the movie Wildstyle, 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 (?!)!
Publisher: Seattle : Fantagraphics Books, 2014.
Edition: First Fantagraphics Books edition, Fantagraphics treasury edition.
ISBN: 9781606997567
1606997564
Branch Call Number: PIS v.2
Characteristics: 112 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color).

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Ed Piskor's Eisner award winning series about the rise of Hip Hop starts right here. Witness the beginnings of a genre that would eventually take over the music world. Matching the style of Marvel comics at the time makes a good book even better.


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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_CraigGraziano 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 reappropriates 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.

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

CRRL_CraigGraziano 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.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hip_hop_family_tree_2_piskor

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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