- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Superchamp Books; First edition (February 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0974970468
- ISBN-13: 978-0974970462
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghetto Brother: How I Found Peace in the South Bronx Street Gang Wars Paperback – February 19, 2015
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About the Author
Amir Said is a writer, publisher, musician, and father from Brooklyn, NY. In addition to writing and managing the BeatTips Network of music education websites, Said also runs Superchamp Books. He is the founder of BeatTips, the leading resource for beatmaking/hip hop production education; and he has written a number of books, including 'The Truth About New York,' 'The BeatTips Manual,' 'The Art of Sampling,' and 'The Truth About Paris' (co-written with John McNulty). His new novels, 'Going Down to the Bungalow Bar' and 'Feed the Meter,' are forthcoming in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
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There are few books that you will read that have as much power and raw emotion as ‘Ghetto Brother: How I Found Peace in the South Bronx Street Gang Wars.’ Chronicling one of the craziest times in NYC history, the street-gang era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, this memoir, written with the help of Amir Said, is a beautiful roller coaster ride of self-discovery in the jaws of one of America’s worst urban areas. Melendez doesn’t just give you details about the South Bronx of this time, he places you there, and pulls you through it with him. Hopefully, you come out on the other side as I did: More knowledgeable about NYC history and social oppression, and more grateful for any privilege I’ve ever been afforded. I love this book! It made my happy, it made me sad, it made me angry. And it made me shed more than few tears.
This book is fantastic! Benjy Melendez tells his story with honesty, heart, passion and a deep philosophy that embraces the complexities while making it all SO VERY SIMPLE. It is HIS story, but it's our story, too. Our Bronx, our Ferguson, our Baltimore, our Staten Island. Our 70s, or 21st C.
He's brilliant. The story is fantastic, and it's our history: a microcosim of what we are all living with every moment now in the States, from one very personal, beautiful perspective.