Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation

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Close to the Edge tells the stories of a global generation that came of age with hip hop. Part memoir, part social history, the book relates the author’s experiences as she traverses the hip hop globe, from Australia to Detroit and from Havana to Caracas. The book explores the elements of hip hop culture—rapping, beat making, b-boying, d-jaying, and graffiti— as they melded with street cultures and local slang to be reinvented around the world. Close to the Edge narrates a search for solidarities across borders, ...
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Overview

Close to the Edge tells the stories of a global generation that came of age with hip hop. Part memoir, part social history, the book relates the author’s experiences as she traverses the hip hop globe, from Australia to Detroit and from Havana to Caracas. The book explores the elements of hip hop culture—rapping, beat making, b-boying, d-jaying, and graffiti— as they melded with street cultures and local slang to be reinvented around the world. Close to the Edge narrates a search for solidarities across borders, a document of the diverse histories, misunderstandings, and fissures that hip hop engendered as it went global, and a powerful demonstration of the power of music to forge radical political alliances.
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“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

“Fernandes chronicles her search for a global hip hop movement through an earnest and self-reflexive approach to storytelling that is equally concerned with history and social issues. She offers fascinating and detailed snapshots of the hip-hop scenes in Sydney, Chicago, Havana and Caracas while asking broad and crucial questions about the intersections between music, identities, and politics. Close to the Edge is both thought provoking and a pleasure to read.”—Raquel Z. Rivera, author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone, and editor of the anthology Reggaeton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844677412
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 723,376
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sujatha Fernandes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Cuba Represent! Cuban Arts, State Power, and the Making of New Revolutionary Cultures; Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chávez’s Venezuela; and Close to the Edge.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction. The Making of a Hip Hop Globe 1

1 Made in Havana City 25

2 Down and Underground in Chi-Town 79

3 Blackfulla Blackfulla 109

4 In the Mouth of the Wolf 147

Epilogue. Global Rage: Over the Edge 183

Notes 193

Acknowledgments 201

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