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That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader 2nd Edition
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"Hip-hop, like all living artistic expression, constantly regenerates, turning innovation into convention, ‘datcourse’ into discourse, vernacularisms into commodity or the precious art object. As this second edition of the groundbreaking That’s the Joint! shows, hip-hop scholarship has done the same: moving, grooving, breaking, and sampling the best ideas from an interdisciplinary community theater of writers whose insights chart a vibrant sector of the American musical landscape."
--Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania
"A standard bearer text in Hip Hop Studies. Sweeping in scope and rigorous in analyses."
--T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University
"I'm going use this book when I teach US history to high school students from now on. In the past decade there's been a mania for all the music and fashions of the early 1980's, which none of the aficionados are old enough to remember. It would be wonderful for them to learn where it all originated."
--Ben Wolinsky, Blogger on Olive Branch United
About the Author
Murray Forman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and the forthcoming One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke University Press, 2012). He is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship.
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of four books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003), and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005), all published by Routledge. Neal hosts the weekly webcast, "Left of Black" in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal maintains a blog at NewBlackMan (http://newblackman.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.
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Andrea Clay, Marc Lamont Hill, Michael Eric Dyson and Byron Hurt explore how homosexuality is considered the opposite of masculinity and how this idea affects both men and women. Hyper masculinity is a prevalent concept in American culture. We celebrate and glamorize violent masculinity, from football players to the military. Leaders need to be aggressive and "strong" to garner positive public attention. In hip-hop, the most popular videos and lyrics are about men dominating women. Hill discusses how if men fail to achieve hypermasculinity they're accused of homosexuality, and such an accusation often hurts their careers. Dyson and Hurt take time to discuss black women as well, though their focus is male identity. Dyson shows how the patriarchy maintains control over women by sorting them into "types" or using them as objects. The in-depth interview covers men, women and gender roles, with a smidge of queer theory. What Dyson neglects to mention about queer black women Clay fills in, as a queer woman herself. She observes how queer women may identify with the masculinity in hip-hop, although she doesn't mention why lesbian couples feel they must subscribe to heterosexual stereotypes.Read more ›
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Good but when your teacher has you reading 200 pages a week it can be quite dry in some of the articles because the print is very small, margins very large, and everything feels... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Miri Kosta
Bought for my college-age son for a music course. He loved the book and said it was a well-written source for his papers.Published on January 9, 2014 by D. Melanogaster
The book was just as it was described. And I saved a lot of money! Would recommend this book to others!Published on March 11, 2013 by bella juhasz
My son took a Hip Hop class at college and this was the required textbook. It turned out later that apparently this was the wrong edition, but he didn't pay attention and asked me... Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by E. A. Bustos