The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats

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The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats

Format:  Paperback,

256 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2014

ISBN-13: 9780767924764

ISBN-10: 0767924762

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2014
ISBN-13: 9780767924764
ISBN-10: 0767924762
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
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Review by Library Journal (2008-05-01)

Grandmaster Flash is best known in conjunction with the Furious Five, the first hip-hop artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But before the fame, Joseph Robert Saddler was born into an abusive family in the Bronx. His evolution from a kid spinning records in the streets to hip-hop stardom is an inspiring story filled with heartbreak, determination, and perseverance. Famous for pioneering a new style of deejay ing, in which the record itself became an instrument for manipulation, Grandmaster Flash formulated his technique from a bricolage of technical skill, his chaotic surroundings, and obscure vinyl records he unearthed at secondhand shops.

This style of deejay ing served as the soundtrack for break-dancers and rappers in the early days of hip-hop. Incorporating the verbal styling's of the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash gained success, lost everything, and managed to resurface to influence a new generation of artists. This memoir reinforces the idea that hip-hop came from and continues to spin around the DJ. Recommended for all public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/08.] - Joshua Finnell, McNeese State Univ. Lib., Lake Charles, LA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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