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ISBN-13: 978-0195334067 ISBN-10: 019533406X Edition: 1st
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B-boying is a form of Afro-diasporic competitive dance that developed in the Bronx, NY in the early 1970s. Widely--though incorrectly--known as "breakdancing," it is often dismissed as urban acrobatics set to music. In reality, b-boying is a traditional and profoundly expressive art form. Some b-boys display their skill at "popping"--rapid movements followed by short freezes. In Foundation, Joseph G. Schloss walks you through the history of b-boying and his personal relationship to the music and the artists who bring hip hop to life.

Meet the B-boys and B-girls of New York's Hip Hop Scene



B-boy and Popper, Geomatrix
relaxing in the South Bronx


Tiny Love popping in Union Square, NY
with boomboxes from his collection


Dancer and teacher, SeoulSonyk, a.k.a. MiRi Park



--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The best work ever produced on b-boying. Schloss maps the dance's nuances brilliantly; but it is when he turns his attention to the history and theory of the form that "Foundation" is at its best. Schloss's insights are wide-ranging and consistently illuminating. A major contribution."--Boston Globe


"I highly recommend this book for anyone who claims to be a hip hop historian or hip hop head. Schloss asks some very important questions and applies theories that can be used to discuss the other elements of hip hop culture. Schloss interviews some great b-boys."--Liberator Magazine


"Joe Schloss doesn't just talk the talk, he rocks the rock. In the rapidly expanding field of hip-hop studies, he is without peer--a careful observer, a committed floor-rocker, a brilliant historian, a scholar's scholar, and a true b-boy. Foundation is his first masterpiece. "--Jeff Chang, author Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of The Hip-Hop Generation


"Joseph Schloss documents the path of the B-boy with the precision of a swordsman and the love of shaman. It took a great deal of courage and patience to make a book on Hip-Hop as inspirational as it is accurate. After reading it I made Foundation required reading for our organization."--Adisa Banjoko, CEO, Hip-Hop Chess Federation


"There is no richer example of tradition in Hip-Hop culture, than the legacy of B-Boys and B-Girls. Foundation gives voice to these often forgotten actors in hip-hop history, giving us all a clue about the genius that literally sits at the Foundation of Hip-Hop. Joe Schloss cannot be dismissed as some disconnected Ivory-Tower critic and with Foundation he simply ups the ante on hip- hop scholarship in a major way."--Mark Anthony Neal, Professor of Black Popular Culture at Duke University


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019533406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195334067
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam White on June 19, 2009
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Schloss has written another great book about hip-hop culture. This time, he tackles b-boying by participating in and interviewing key members of New York's b-boy scene. The real strength of the book are the many interviews he quotes from and summarizes. This is a must-read for anyone interested in b-boying.

Because he is countering a number of academic books that adopts a more asbtract or philosophical tone, Schloss really emphasizes the importance of listening to the voices of the builders of b-boying and its participants. The downside of this approach is that he sometimes does not really analyze their comments, leaving the reader with what seems like overly-heroic images of the b-boys he quotes. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book to anyone. It is in my top 10 books about hip-hop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dmiguelu on March 10, 2010
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This book really goes into great detail about bboying and everything bboying related. A must have for bboys/bgirls who are serious about this thing of ours aka hip hop culture. The author really done his "homework" on the bboying culture and doesn't sugar coat anything. Thank you Joseph Schloss for producing this well documented subject in the form of a well written piece. From a Bboy.
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By Susana on May 30, 2013
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I really liked the book. It was really interesting to read about hip hop culture and reading about what we see in the media of what hip hop is and reading about what hip hop looks like in urban cities like New York.
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By Amazon Customer on December 9, 2012
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Foundational in the study of hip hop. Early hip hop is is one of the most fascinating aspects of American popular culture. Unfortunately, until this book, a proper account of the seminal importance of dance didn't exist.
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By cape_crusader on November 24, 2012
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This is by far the best book on b-boying/b-girling from an academic perspective. Joe Schloss remains one of the most consistent writers on hip hop.
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