- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606997912
- ISBN-13: 978-1606997918
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.5 x 13.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Captures the personalities, imagery and milestones with a hilarity and efficiency that no other medium could.”
“Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree is nothing short of rigorous. The cartoonist streamlines a tangle of facts and figures into a cohesive history of America’s most subversive art form. The project showcases the power and versatility of the medium…”
- Sean Edgar, Paste
“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
“Action-packed, fun and funny.”
- Seattle Times
“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
“…[P]henomenal … Piskor is constantly exploring fresh ways to capture the intensity of the music and the hip-hop scene in his artwork. His storytelling is evolving as the world of his narrative gets better, and the wild growth of the hip-hop industry in the mid-’80s suggests that Piskor’s best is yet to come.”
- Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club
“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
“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
About the Author
Ed Piskor (1982) is an alternative cartoonist living and drawing out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former student of the Kubert School and is best known for his artistic collaboration with underground comics pioneers Harvey Pekar, his graphic novel Wizzywig, and his blockbuster series Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor is revered for his combination of golden age drawing style and smart storytelling. The Washington Post once said that "Piskor is able to render a world that resonates as truth." Currently, he is knee deep in drawing the next book in the Hip Hop Family Tree five-volume series.
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This book book goes into detail about *why* all the calls of 'it's a fad' were made in the 80s, and the fact that Blondie was a friend of Fab Five Freddy, and did that song as a tribute. And, how it helped him and other artists.
If you are as ignorant of Hip-Hop culture as I was (and still mostly am), this book is best read near a computer or smart phone, so you can You Tube the artists' songs as you go, as well as learn more about the techniques (Merry-go-round, scratching, needle dropping, and various instruments, like the TR-808). Then go buy their albums.
Incredible work. The first two volumes compiled in this gift box set should be required reading in high school Social Studies classes on American culture.
The content is incredible for hiphop lovers.
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