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Bomb the Suburbs Paperback – February 22, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 3 edition (February 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887128964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Zachary L. Stauber on February 17, 2001
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If you know nothing about hip hop, if you're white, if you don't live in the big city (like me), this is a good book to read to find out more about the other side from a point of view that is neither condescending and fearful nor filled with undue awe. It deals with the past, present, and hopeful future of hip hop culture, and also gives some really surprising insights into how blacks in the big city perceive whites. The author is courageous, honest in his own views, and extremely objective during his interviews with others. It's an amazing amount of wisdom packed into a small space, definitely something to pass on.
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This book is very appealing upon the first read. A white author writing with authority on a black art form, how empowering for all us crackas! Slow down. Upski is a talented writer and offers an interesting perspective on a subject that receives very little attention, but whites would do well to put a lid on the corny hip hop vs. rap, Four Elements of the Temple of Hip Hop type of babble. I've met Upski several times, and he's even admitted to me that Bomb the Suburbs is essentially a white author writing what he thinks Blacks want to hear.

Read his second book, No More Prisons, for a more balanced and less "desperate to be down" narrative on the state of hip hop. He matures greatly between the two books.
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This book is more than Hip Hop story's to brag to your friends about. Bomb the suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt is a book breaking boundries in the way white kids like me think about hip hop. I feel that if you have any interest in Hip Hop at all, this book is a perfect way to investigate your curiosity. Wimsatt discusses the past, present, and future of hip hop and its relation to whites, and our country as a whole. I don't know any of my friends who were dissapointed in reading this book. Wimsatt is too honest to have the book taken as a joke. I reccomend this book for all "kids" with hip hop in there headphones, and all "adults" who turn off there childrens music out of a frustration that needs to be investigated. This book looks at politics in a much less pompus way than others in it's genre. Please set down your fears, and pick up this book at your local independent bookstore if possible.
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When I picked up this book I was expecting an in depth study on race relations and the segregation that exists in our cities. I was expecting some discussion about the suburbs being for whites only and the ghetto being for blacks only. What I got was a collection of articles and interviews piled together with no main purpose. The 2 or 3 articles about race are very good and very observant. However, the rest of the book seems to be a collection of stories about Upski. He talks a lot about graffiti(and how down he is), but has no argument as to why it is good or bad. This book is worth getting only because of a few articles, besides that it's mainly Upski talking about how cool he is.
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I bought this from the author himself, as he sold it from the corner of my college's mail room floor. 1996ish. I lent it to my roommate when I was two thirds of the way through, and never got it back-- What I read really affected my perception of both city and suburbia (both alien to me, as a mostly rural girl). Just looked it up on Amazon for a lark, and am delighted that the author is still out there, and still writing. My city-born and raised children will need this on their bookshelves, when they are ready to question what they have and where they live and what it's worth.
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Get this book!!! One of the greatest things ever written. I also recommend it for those who don't generally read much, because it's written in such a fresh and concise way. None of the usual stuffy writing style that most books waste the reader's time and energy with.

Much respect to Upski!
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By BG on January 30, 2013
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the book content itself is good and very informative. yet, the way its written, its hard to keep reading. it doesnt grab your attention too much or keep you interested. but if you read it all, you'll learn some things
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I truly appreciated how Upski spoke about race, how honest, complex and nonpatronizing - this book was truly refreshing and I would say a must-read for anyone interested in American ethnic studies in general!! I am so glad I decided to get this book, even though I can't do grafitti for sh*t (the book is so much more than describing various grafitti ettiquette, attitudes and opinions!!). Don't let the title trick you - it's all about the races, and this guy is truly a gifted race writer, especially when tackling the touchy issue of whites who don't necessarily identify positively with the white culture(s).
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