Can't Stop Won't Stop

  • by Jeff Chang
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, 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, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the '60s into the new millennium. Here is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created.

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Great book!

He really did a wonderful job detailing the cultural and social history for each generation. I would love a book from him sometime in the future on today's generation.

I bought the audio book version also but the narrator wasn't good. It felt like it was his first time reading the book and everything sounded like a promo.
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- Andrew Gilman

Perfect history... with one exception

Absolutely loved this book. A thoroughly researched history of not only hip hop, but the relation of the music to race and social justice over the last decades. Definitely one of the better books you'll come across whether you are a fan of hip hop or not. But...

For a book that goes into such deep and absorbing detail into even the lesser known parts of the hip hop story, there is a fairly shocking absence. Though mentioned a few times in passing, there is virtually nothing on Tupac or Biggie. The book is so well done that I have to assume this was intentional. But how can you write a definitive history of the art and its affects on politics and culture and not include a chapter on Tupac? Yes, he's occasionally referred to, but if you're going to include a whole chapter on Go Go (which I love) then not having a chapter on one of the most influential people in rap and culture over the last quarter century stands out.

But even with that said, the book is a high recommendation. I enjoyed it so much that I was really looking forward to the detailed chapter on Tupac and Biggie, so perhaps my enjoyment of the book is what made that absence such a letdown.

Hopefully Chang will devote another anthology to just that section alone. I'll be the first to buy a copy.
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- Christopher Malcolm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio