Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1970s-1981 (Hip Hop Family Tree) Paperback – December 6, 2013
There is a newer edition of this item:
2016 Book Awards
Browse award-winning titles. See all 2016 winners
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
“When cartoonist Ed Piskor decided to unspool the labyrinth history of one of America’s greatest artistic accomplishments, he spared no effort to immerse his readers in the era of jump suits and scarred vinyl. Everything in Hip Hop Family Tree screams nostalgia: the Ben-Day dots, the sepia discoloration…even the print feels course and pulpy, like a priceless cultural artifact unearthed in a garage sale or your dad’s basement. Flipping through the oversized pages, you can almost hear the slap bass, horn swells, and ricocheting rhymes of hip-hop’s inaugural years.” (Sean Edgar - Paste)
“An astonishing feat of cultural archaeology, in both ambition and execution. The project somehow doesn’t seem quite real: a comic-book history of hip-hop going back to the very beginning ― the late 70s ― where lore is thick and documentation scarce. To tell this story in any language would be a challenge; to tell it in the language of comics feels like a magical summoning.” (Lary Wallace - Vice)
“One of the defining histories of hip hop… Ed created a portal into the beginning of hip hop, and just saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is a poor way of explaining why its impact is greater than that of a detailed book.” (Daniel Genis - The Daily Beast)
“Action-packed, fun and funny.” (Seattle Times)
“Captures the personalities, imagery and milestones with a hilarity and efficiency that no other medium could.” (Billboard)
“This is the comic of all time.” (Biz Markie)
“The amount of research and history Piskor packs into this book is mind boggling.” (The Huffington Post)
“These stories are carefully researched and detailed along with great comic book style art...” (The Source)
“An avid lover of hip-hop music and superhero comic books from a young age, Ed Piskor has combined his two passions to create a remarkable reading experience ... Hip Hop Family Tree imagines real-world events through the filter of 1980s Marvel Comics, bringing hip-hop visionaries to the page in a style that exaggerates their energy and style to capture the intensity of the music without having the beats.” (The A.V. Club)
“Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water.” (Fab Five Freddy)
“Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!” (De La Soul)
“Extraordinary effort. Even if you are not a hip-hop fan, you need to read this.” (Jatin Varma - The Economic Times)
“These are dookie-gold-chain d-o-p-e.” (Darcy MacDonald - CultMTL)
“A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above.” (Alex di Campi - 12th Dimension)
“Even if you are not a fan of hip hop or rap per se, one cannot deny its pervasive influence on the world at large. If nothing else, this first volume, covering the years 1975 through 1981, demonstrates the nonstop merging of style and culture that is part and particle of the American experience.” (Gregg Reese - Our Weekly)
“[A] rapid-fire telling of the early days of rap and hip hop culture… There’s a lot to learn even if you think you’ve heard it all.” (Gene Ambaum - Unshelved)
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.
Top Customer Reviews
Maybe that's just me, though, trying to impose narrative on something that doesn't have narrative intentions. Maybe the intent is to pepper the reader with factfactfactfact, but if that's the case, then it feels like a missed opportunity to delve into the story-rich history of hip-hop.
History/Herstory & Ourstory of hip hop culture's early first steps to become a universal culture. And it's in visual form that you can hold! Brilliant! Must have for anyone who calls themselves "hip hop"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a great book! It's exactly what I wanted and I'm looking forward to getting to the others.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my hip-hop deprived (we live in rural Alaska...) husband and he loves it!Published 16 months ago by Amy Lou
Excellent quality & packaging Great people to deal with! Thank youPublished 20 months ago by M. R. Ellen