|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2010|
|Number of Pages:||256|
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
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