Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York

Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York

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by Joseph G. Schloss
     
 

B-boying is a form of Afro-diasporic competitive dance that developed in the Bronx, NY in the early 1970s. Widely - though incorrectly - known as "breakdancing," it is often dismissed as a form of urban acrobatics set to music. In reality, however, b-boying is a deeply traditional and profoundly expressive art form that has been passed down from teacher

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B-boying is a form of Afro-diasporic competitive dance that developed in the Bronx, NY in the early 1970s. Widely - though incorrectly - known as "breakdancing," it is often dismissed as a form of urban acrobatics set to music. In reality, however, b-boying is a deeply traditional and profoundly expressive art form that has been passed down from teacher to student for almost four decades. Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York offers the first serious study of b-boying as both unique dance form and a manifestation of the most fundamental principles of hip-hop culture. Drawing on anthropological and historical research, interviews and personal experience as a student of the dance, Joseph Schloss presents a nuanced picture of b-boying and its social context. From the dance's distinctive musical repertoire and traditional educational approaches to its complex stylistic principles and secret battle strategies, Foundation illuminates a previously unexamined thread in the complex tapestry that is contemporary hip-hop.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195334050
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Getting Your Foundation: Pedagogy
3. B-Boy Text: Aesthetics
4. Crews
5. I hate b-boys - that's why I break: Battling
6. Like old folk songs handed down from generation to generation: history, canon, and community in B-boy culture
7. If Breaking came out of Uprock, then Hip-Hop didn't start in the Bronx: B-boy History
8. Conclusion

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