Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent Paperback – Nov 20 2007
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“Fascinating. . . . unlike any other book recently published, because the two young Canadians do not seek to whitewash the harmful side-effects of the culture they write about.”
“Passionate and illuminating. . . . Bascuñán and Pearce, adamant believers in hip-hop’s positive ‘political and cultural voice,’ are also honest and sincere reporters.”
“Bascuñán and Pearce have used their industry credentials to gain access to some of the major players in the multi-billion-dollar hip-hop industry and in the multi-billion-dollar gun industry. . . . They give us the Canadian angle without losing the scope of the broader global issues at hand.”
—The Gazette (Montreal)
About the Author
Rodrigo Bascunan is the publisher and co-owner of Pound magazine. Although he himself has only ever been threatened at gunpoint, he comes from a long line of politically active Chileans who have been shot at. He lives in Toronto.
Christian Pearce is the editor and co-owner of Pound. Dodging bullets of a different sort, he studies law in Vancouver.
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One rap artist interviewed charges that "Most people who talk about a Glock, they can't tell you a model number or how many shots it holds. They've never fired it, they've never felt spent shells hit them and burn their forearm, they've never done any of that... a lot of rappers are emulating what they heard in somebody else's record..." (Pg. 47)
They also note that the Desert Eagle firearm "did indeed make its television debut on Miami Vice... (which) featured state-of-the-art gun handling. Miami Vice was also a boon for gun manufacturers, helping popularize gats like the bird and the Tec-9." They add that director Michael Mann "is a gun nut." (Pg. 183)
They note in conclusion, "When we speak of babylon, we are not referring to skin colour, nor are we pointing to any place on a map; we speak instead of a blinding and destructive greed as visible in the grimiest street as it is in the squeakiest-clean office." (Pg. 322)
This is a creative and original look at a not-often-STUDIED aspect of gun culture.
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