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Originally a featured column on the music website Mass Appeal, this collection of photos, outtakes from over one hundred photo shoots, interviews, and essays, is a stunning visual and textual anthology of the history of hip-hop. Contact High (Clarkson Potter, $40) covers the music’s early years up through today’s alternative hip-hop artists, featuring Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, N.W.A, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and many more, all superbly edited by Vikki Tobak, a journalist, former producer, and founding curator of FotoDC's film program.

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By Vikki Tobak, Questlove (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525573883
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 16th, 2018

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David Bowie: The Oral History (Three Rivers $18) is a portrait of an artist as told in nearly two hundred interviews. Collected by GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones and presented chronologically, these stories and testimonials from Bowie’s family, friends, neighbors, lovers, fellow musicians, producers, and fans form a vivid oral biography of the late star. While Bowie himself says only "I just did too much...” during his heyday, the accounts by John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Freddie Mercury give insight into a man who was, above all, a performance artist who adapted to his surroundings. Onstage, Bowie was the self-described “chameleon" you grew up listening to as you morphed from a teenager to whatever you considered to be adulthood. Here we get a glimpse of Bowie’s mod suburban London beginnings, his first hit song with "Space Oddity," and on to the dynamic glam rock of his Ziggy Stardust persona, the Berlin years collaborating with Brian Eno, and his acting career. This book takes us behind the scenes and gives us the very vivid and real portrait of Bowie’s life story.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780451497840
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Published: Crown - September 11th, 2018

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As a longtime fan of Jessica Hopper’s vigilant, relentless music criticism, Night Moves (University of Texas Press, $15.95) is the book I’ve been pining for. A series of vignettes about her coming-of-age in the Chicago music scene, the pieces are as shaky with youth as a Ferlinghetti poem, and they come together to form one jagged love lyric to a city and a way of life. There’s something markedly elegiac about the life Hopper describes, a roiling, breathing cityscape where the escape from the robotic crawl of gentrification seemed still possible. Can young adults still live like this in a city? Riding bikes through electric summer nights? God, I hope so. Night Moves made me feel very young and very old at the same time: a painful, singular elation.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781477317884
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 18th, 2018

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