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  • 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: #962,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Please set down your fears, and pick up this book at your local independent bookstore if possible.
Owen Terranceclass
Everyone I know was saying "read it read it read it, it's a great book, you'll love it" and I bought it and I'll be damned if they were right.
J. Weiss
Reading this book, you feel like you're having a dialogue with an experienced teacher who is humble, yet blunt.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Garrigan on November 17, 2004
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Owen Terranceclass on June 13, 2002
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drew on March 7, 2006
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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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "abfab420" on July 23, 2001
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alia Ganaposki on June 20, 2011
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon R. Burke on June 13, 2004
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Listen, I'm not particularly interested in writing a soliloquy here so I'm simply going to tell you what I think. Many of my close friends read this book when it came out in 1994. I blew it off wholesale, because I didn't think I needed someone else to tell me about hip hop culture. As it turns out, I was wrong again. What this book does best is shine a light on the contradictory forces regarding race relations in the US. Upski's greatest asset, in this context, is his honesty. He expresses dismay at the current state of hip hop culture (music, graf, dance, etc.) yet he knows that his legitimacy (as a white participant) is in question. It's really quite fascinating. Upski very clearly cares about the subject matter; his feelings virtually bleed onto the paper. But what kind of power does someone his position have in this case? The answer, of course, is: both more and less than you'd think. This book questions legitimacy, the suburban view of the "ghetto", the "real" ghetto, graffiti's place within the hip hop canon, and, of course, the white presence in hip hop culture. Anyone intersted in this topic should read this book. No one is asking you to agree with the views expressed inside. We are, however, asking for you to participate.
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