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Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop's Early Years

Joseph C., Jr. Ewoodzie


The origin story of hip-hop—one that involves Kool Herc DJing a house party on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—has become received wisdom. But Joseph C. Ewoodzie Jr. argues that the full story remains to be told. In vibrant prose, he combines never-before-used archival material with searching questions about the symbolic boundaries that have divided our understanding of the music. In Break Beats in the Bronx, Ewoodzie portrays the creative process that brought about what we now know as hip-hop and shows that the art form was a result of serendipitous events, accidents, calculated successes, and f ... More

Keywords: history of hip hop, 1970s South Bronx history, symbolic boundaries, cultural sociology, creation of a music genre, African American music, Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Flash, urban renewal policy, South Bronx gang culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632759
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph C., Jr. Ewoodzie, author
Davidson College

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