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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802129943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802129949
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Johnson on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Whilst I was down town in my local bookshop, killing an hour or two until the cinema opened, I happened to come across this book whilst browsing the music section. Truth to told I was a big PE fan, and until listening to 'Rebel without a pause, I wasn't really down with hip hop. I had no real intention of getting this, but the more I read, the more hyped I was to spend some quality time reading more. I duly copped it, and the best part of two days (it would have been quicker, but little matters like the wife & kids got in the way) devouring it. .I really enjoyed this book. My highlights were the sections that covered their early years, pre PE, how the collective ended up on 'Strong' Island, the paths that led them to hooking up. I especially enjoyed the sections that covered their four great albums: Yo! Bum rush the show, it takes a nation............, Fear of a black planet, and Apocalypse '91. Controversy was never far from Public Enemy then, and it was great to get a insight from the protagonists themselves in their own words, what with the infamous Griff with the Washington Post/Village Voice, to frictions with Def jam, and within the group.
The only flaw for me upon finishing this book is the very reason that it's also a good read. Due to the fact that Russell Myrie had authorized access to the group, he is able to let them tell the story from their own recollection, as opposed to devising arguments to fit the scenario from his own reasoning. But, I think this also hampers his own view point concerning the group. For example, he try to sell the argument that time has proved that 'Muse Sick-n- Hour Mess Age is not as bad an album as some 'critics' would have you believe. Whilst I partly agree with that statement, to me, that album was the moment the group's creative juice fell off.
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Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin' is a very interesting chronological history of what is probably the greatest rap group of all time. It starts in the days before P.E. was even P.E. -- before they were even a rap group at all -- and goes all the way up through modern times. Instead of dedicating a more intricate focus on P.E's "greatest years" -- 87-91 -- the author gives virtually every year in the group's history equal coverage. If you're an old-school P.E. fan, you might wish there was more on the making of Yo! Bumrush the Show, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, and Apacolypse '91, but, as someone who fell out of touch with the group after He Got Game, I actually thought it was interesting to read about P.E.'s lesser-known more-recent albums.

Okay, that's all the good stuff. Now the bad. For one, it is an "authorized" book, so we hear directly from the group members. This has its pros and cons, as alluded to in the other interview. What isn't so good, however, is the fact that the author is clearly a P.E. "super-fan" and not a professional journalist. I applaud his effort, but a quality editor should have required him to run through several drafts before this book was published. It's not that the book is bad and you shouldn't read it; it's that it could have been much better without a lot of the amateurishness that plagues it. The worst example of this is the reverse use of single and double quotes -- sources are quoted in single quotes, with only quotes within quotes getting double quotes. It may not sound like a big deal, but in a book full of quotes, this made it very difficult to read, and is really inexcusable that a publisher would let this go.

In summary: I give the author 5 stars for effort, 1 star for editing, and that works out to an average of 3 stars. By all means, buy and read this book if you're a P.E. fan.
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