Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Bomb the Suburbs
Bomb the Suburbs: Graffiti, Race, Freight-Hopping and the Search for Hip-Hop's Moral Center
William Upski Wimsatt
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"His charisma stems from his courage." -- Cornel West
"The best book I read in prison." -- Tupac Shakur
"Wimsatt is known as one of the original `hip hop journalists.' ...he is engaging, experimental, and youthful. You will love his riffs of everything hypocritical and everything cool in today's world. He's one of those white guys who `get it' and connect to African American culture without being cloying or patronizing." -- Great Books for High School Kids: A Teacher's Guide to Books That Can Change Teens' Lives by Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford (Beacon, 2004)?
"[O]ne of the first and most eloquent articulations of the politics and worldview of what would later be termed the Hip Hop Generation." -- AlterNet
Should graffiti writers organize to tear up the cities, or should they really be bombing the ‘burbs? That’s the question posed by William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art, and the culture and politics that surround it. But to say that the book deals only with taggers and hip-hop is selling it short. Taking on a broad range of topics, including suburban sprawl, racial identity, and youth activism, Wimsatt (a graffiti artist himself) uses a kaleidoscopic approach that combines stories, cartoons, interviews, disses, parodies, and original research to challenge the suburban mindset wherever it’s found: suburbs and corporate headquarters, inner cities and housing projects, even in hip-hop itself. Funny, provocative, and painfully honest, Bomb the Suburbs encourages readers to expand their social boundaries and explore the vibrant, chaotic world that exists beyond their comfort zones.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 15th anniversary edition (January 28, 2008)