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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.
©2005 Jeff Chang; introduction copyright 2005 by DJ Kool Herc (P)2016 Tantor
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By Ashley A on 02-13-18

Great look in black history, unedited.<br />

I got lost a lot throughout this novel. It jumps around from time period to time period making it hard to follow a definite timeline. The history was powerful, compelling and enlightening. The narrator was bland and misspoke a lot. I had the book to follow along to notice these mistakes.

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By Matthew K. De Mello on 12-30-17

Audiobook is read by a robot

Would you listen to Can't Stop Won't Stop again? Why?

No, the narrator reads it like a robot. There's no emotion, grit or inflection, just a staccato flow of words. Pretty bad.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mirron Willis?

Morgan Freeman, Ice Cube, Larry Fishburne.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction was that the narrator reads like someone taking elocution classes.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to return this.

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