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Close to the Edge

Scritto da: Sujatha Fernandes E-book

The global politics of hip hop.

“Fernandes brilliantly captures the moment when a global
generation curved toward a unifying language and culture and found something
that was both much more and much less than what it was searching for. Close
to the Edge is a beautifully told tale of the collective and the personal,
the cultural and political—a classic of hip hop writing and a poignant
tribute to urban youth.”
—Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

At its rhythmic, beating heart, Close to the Edge asks whether hip hop can change
the world.

Hip hop—rapping, beat-making, b-boying, deejaying,
graffiti—captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the
1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way. Years later, armed
with mc-ing skills and an urge to immerse herself in global hip hop, she
embarks on a journey into street culture around the world. From the south
side of Chicago to the barrios of Caracas and Havana and the sprawling
periphery of Sydney, she grapples with questions of global voices and local
critiques, and the rage that underlies both.

An engrossing read and an
exhilarating travelogue, this punchy book also asks hard questions about
dispossession, racism, poverty and the quest for change through a microphone.

© 2011 Verso (E-book) ISBN: 9781781684184

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