Hip-Hop Scene: The Stars, the Fans, the Music

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Children's Literature - Jillian Hurst
Learn about the lifestyle, music, and big names of the hip-hop scene in this edition of "The Music Scene" series! Readers can discover how graffiti, bling and Air Force Ones play a part in defining the hip-hop lifestyle. This educational book describes what it takes to make a hip-hop record; details the big players in the industry such as Kanye West, Beyonce, and Outkast; and explains how to break into the hip-hop world. By using relevant characters and interesting sidebars, the authors make this informative book even more appealing to its young audience. However, the choice of colors, pictures, and crowded layout of this book resemble an educational book from the 80s, which may turn students away before they even read the information. This book would be a great resource in a library or school for those eager to learn more about hip-hop or who are interested in writing a report on the hip-hop scene. Includes glossary, timeline, and suggested further reading. Reviewer: Jillian Hurst
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—There is always great interest in any aspect of popular music among middle and high school students. Generally, it centers on favorite performers, how the music is created and how it evolved, and careers in the field. These three books attempt to address all of these issues and more. Each one is clearly written, well organized, and copiously illustrated with full-color photographs of noted performers. All of them are good starting points for readers who know absolutely nothing about the genre featured. And this is where the problem arises. The presentations are simplistic to a fault, so that one must question the intended audience. Teenagers, a natural readership, would already know everything in these books. They would know special terms. Their search for in-depth information about the music itself, its performers, and its inner workings would start, quite naturally, with the Internet. There they can find Web sites dedicated to the music, to performers, and to careers, making these sorts of books superfluous. Still, should a library want to provide print sources for readers, these books do touch on many aspects of the current music scene.—Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766033962
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: The Music Scene Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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