Hip-Hop History & Music Memoirs | Audio in Advance August 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

51G3WETZN7L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200___1465334452_97996Chang, Jeff. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. Tantor. ISBN 9781515908531. Read by Mirron Willis.
Hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation’s worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop’s forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, this work chronicles the events, ideas, music, and art that marked the hip-hop generation’s rise and provides a look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.

Greenman, Ben. Emotional Rescue: Essays on Love, Loss, and Life—With a Soundtrack. Brilliance. ISBN 9781522639114. Read by Dan John Miller.
Pop music, like no other form of entertainment or art, is capable of articulating our feelings, desires, joy, and pain. In a few soul-grabbing minutes, artists from every genre—from Little Richard to Lou Reed, Willie Nelson to Wu-Tang Clan, Sly and the Family Stone to the Rolling Stones—can help us understand our place in our own lives. This collection of essays is organized around a thematic playlist of songs and serves as a reminder of the lyrical power of songwriting and the sonic ability of pop to capture the human experience.

picture_sick_on_you__1465334528_88812Matheson, Andrew. Sick on You: The Disastrous Story of The Hollywood Brats, the Greatest Band You’ve Never Heard Of. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681682327. Read by Shaun Grindell.
With only a guitar, a tatty copy of the weekly newspaper Melody Maker, and his template for the perfect band, Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make musical history. His band, The Hollywood Brats, were uncompromising and outrageous. But thrown into the crazy world of the 1970s London music scene, the Brats ultimately fell foul of the crooks and heavies that ran it and an industry that just wasn’t ready for them. Directly inspiring the London SS, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols, The Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share the glory.

Nicolay, Franz. The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar. Tantor. ISBN 9781515956372. Read by the author.
In 2009, Nicolay left his job in the Hold Steady. Over the next five years, he crossed the world with a guitar in one hand, a banjo in the other, and an accordion on his back, playing the anarcho-leftist squats and DIY spaces of the punk rock diaspora. He meets Polish artists nostalgic for their revolutionary days and a gay expat in Ulaanbataar who needs an armed escort between his home and his job. The Russian punk scene is thrust onto the international stage with the furor surrounding the arrest of the group Pussy Riot, and Ukrainians find themselves in the midst of a revolution and then a full-blown war. 

Stephanie Klose About Stephanie Klose

Stephanie Klose (sklose@mediasourceinc.com, @sklose on Twitter) is Media Editor, Library Journal.