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Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History Of Hip-hop's First Decade Paperback – Oct 24 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 2 edition (Oct. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030681224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306812248
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Based on the "Hip-Hop Nation" exhibit at Seattle's Experience Music Project and the project's ongoing Oral History Program, this history of the beginnings of hip-hop in 1970s New York City is a lavishly illustrated and lovingly compiled homage to the many artists who contributed to the birth of what soon became and remains today, more than 25 years later a worldwide cultural institution. Editors Fricke and Ahearn (director of the hip-hop film Wild Style) weave the insights and attitudes of nearly 100 of the key players into a multihued and multiracial tapestry that illustrates what the excitement of that era and its music was all about. Since the hip-hop style was first developed in the Bronx borough of New York City as a dance-floor alternative to the then-prominent "disco" sound, the oral narrative is dominated by the voices of well-known DJs: Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. But much of the success of the book is derived from its exploration of the roots of other related hip-hop trends: how the massive new styles of graffiti were both a response to urban violence as well as a way to provoke the interest of downtown New York avant-garde artists; how the competitive world of break dancing was rooted in the rapidly changing and fading gang culture of the Bronx; and how many women were far more active and influential in all types of hip-hop styles than was obvious or recognized at the time. This is an excellent documentation of how early hip-hop expressed "a balance between pain and the celebration of music and movements."
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

<B>Jim Fricke</B> is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington. He was curator of the Hip-Hop Nation exhibit, and has been active in the Northwest music scene for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Seattle.<B>Charlie Ahearn</B> is a filmmaker whose 1982 landmark film Wild Style has become a hip-hop classic. He lives in New York City.

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I got the coolest book this passed Christmas, entitled �Yes! Yes! Yall! The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop�s First Decade � by Jim Fricke. This book focuses on Hip-Hop, and Black culture in America through oral history. Black urban culture gave birth to hip-hop and is the source of influence for today�s American culture. �Yes! Yes! Yall!� is a true period piece focusing on the growth of a new artistic movement. The book is very clear and is written as if you�re really listening to someone talk about Hip-Hop�s old school beginnings. This was a relaxing book to read, and very simplistic in form. As I was reading I felt as if I was sitting in a recreation center or classroom listening to the forefathers, and mothers of this great Black music culture.
The book starts by panting a picture of New York�s inner city in the early 1970�s to the mid 80�s. Each chapter focuses on all four elements of Hip-Hop, such as: d.j-ing, brake dancing, emceeing/rhyming or raping, and graffiti art. Looking at some of the old photos of B-boys and girls break dancing, the airbrushed clothing, party flyers, and old record jackets was very nostalgic.
The book highlights the fact that the whole subculture came out of unequal systematic conditions in the late 1970�s into the 80�s. This is a real honest approach to the history of the newest, and highly co-modified cultures. It�s filled with first hand accounts, stories of back stage antics, tours, emcee battles, dance battles, club fights, and groupies.
In chapter two titled, �The Forefathers�, many people interviewed gave his or her respects to the godfather of Hip-Hop (d.j Kool Herc).
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This beautiful book attempts to trace the formation of hip-hop culture through interviews with those who were around for the first ten years. Fricke (a curator at the Experience Music Project museum) and Ahearn (photographer and director of the seminal hop-hop film Wild Style), attempt to document the New York City scene from about 1974-84 (right up to the formation of DefJam and Run-DMC) through photos, original party flyers, and the words of the DJs, MCs, b-boys (breakdancers), graffiti artists, and promoters who were there.
The early portion shows how DJ sound-system battles emerged in the early to mid '70s against the backdrop of a decaying Bronx, attracting youths to more or less impromptu parties in parks, streets, and playgrounds. Competition was fierce as to who had the loudest sound system and the best records, and tough security (gang members) was a necessity. One thing that gets disappointingly glossed over is how this copied what happened in Kingston, Jamaica ten years earlier. It was exactly the same: competing street sound systems, with competing DJs who would take the labels off records so spies couldn't find out what they were playing, gangs, violence-all the same. DJ Kool Herc, who lived in Jamaica until 1967, makes a fleeting reference to it, but that's all.
For the first few years, the DJs were the "stars" of the scene, offering an alternative to disco music. But as DJs started to learn how to manipulate their turntables to extend the "beats" from a song, eventually MCing started to become more vibrant. What had initially only been calls to the crowd to keep the party's energy up evolved into more and more sophisticated catchphrases, freestyle rhymes, and soon MCs were writing and memorizing lines.
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A thoroughly researched, thoroughly interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable oral history of the birth of hip-hop. The authors -- one a music critic who is now a curator for the Experience Music Project, the other a filmmaker who did the movie Wild Style -- tracked down many key players, from well known figures like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa to a host of lesser known folks. You definitely don't need to be some sort of hardcore hip-hop fan to enjoy this -- anyone with a passing interest in this culture, where it came it from, how it was affected and changed by commerce, etc., will get something out of it. And actually if you're interested in contemporary music at all, there's great stuff in here that indirectly relates to electronica music, pop, etc. Lots of cool pix, plus a bunch of really interesting old flyers promoting early shows in the Bronx. (All nicely printed in full color.) There are many revealing stories, from how the Sugar Hill Gang ("Rapper's Delight") were put together, to little epiphanies like Bambaataa discovering Kraftwerk. Really good stuff. Nicely done. Kudos to the creators of the book, and to their subject(s).
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This book tells the true story and meaning of hip-hop's birth. Hip-Hop is not only music, but also a way of living. Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn really bring the birth of hip-hop to life. They tell stories of how hip-hop became a culture of creativity of street-surviving kids in the Bronx in the early 1970's. I believe teenagers and young adults can really relate to the pressures and issues that are dealt within this story. This book not only tells the history of hip-hop, but it can also help teens deal with issues through hip-hop. An example is teens can put all their anger down on paper in a form of a rap, instead of hurting someone or themselves. Jim Fricke's form of writing not only lets him express his feelings, but also other hip-hop artists' feelings. I feel this is a good format because you don't only get to read about one person's opinion of hip-hop, you get a whole variety of people's opinions of the definition of hip-hop. Yes Yes Y'all tells its stories with humor, authenticity, and truth. This book was interesting because of those unique characteristics throughout the story. I feel that this story is the true story of an urban culture. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants the truth and the originality of hip-hop and how it came to be. I would also recommend this book to people who believe hip-hop is negative in any form, because if they read this story, I believe their whole prospect of hip-hop will change. This truly is the story of the history of how b-boys/girls, graffiti, rap, and scratching all formed into a popular culture today: Hip-Hop.
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