Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History Of Hip-hop's First Decade

Yes Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project Oral History Of Hip-hop's First Decade

by Jim Fricke, Charlie Ahearn

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The first and only account of hip-hop's birth, told in the never-before-published words of its founders and stars, and highlighted by almost 200 photos and flyers.
"I always knew that, for those that never heard this music, that if they had a chance to hear it, they would have no choice but to love it."
—Grandmaster Flash
Hip-hop today is ubiquitous, dominating not only the music industry but also popular culture around the world. Like rock and roll before it, it has permanently transformed music, art, dance, and fashion while capturing millions of listeners-and this vast cultural revolution was all started by a bunch of street kids in the ravaged Bronx of the 1970s. Documenting hip-hop's remarkable genesis for the very first time, this book tells its stories in voices that bristle with vitality, character, humor, and menace, tracing the music from DJ Kool Herc's first parties in 1973 through the release of "Rapper's Delight" in 1979 and the rise of the new school in the mid-'80s. Fricke and Ahearn weave an electric narrative from the never-before-heard accounts of over fifty of hip-hop's founders and stars, old school and new, including Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Caz, Rahiem, Fab 5 Freddy, Tony Tone, and DMC. A wealth of previously unseen photographs, flyers, and posters illustrate the text; noted critic Nelson George introduces it all.
Yes Yes Y'All is a chorus of voices, a tale of artistry in the face of extraordinary adversity, and the definitive history of a revolution created with nothing more than a microphone, a turntable, and a dance floor.

Author Biography: Jim Fricke is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington. He was curator of the Hip-Hop Nation exhibit, and has been active in the Northwest music scene for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Seattle. Charlie Ahearn is a filmmaker whose 1982 landmark film Wild Style has become a hip-hop classic. He lives in New York City. Nelson George is the author of fourteen books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Death of Rhythm and Blues and Hip-Hop America, both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He wrote about hip-hop for Billboard and The Village Voice in the 1970s and '80s. He lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306812248
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 10/03/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Jim Fricke is Senior Curator at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, Washington. He was curator of the Hip-Hop Nation exhibit, and has been active in the Northwest music scene for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Seattle. Charlie Ahearn is a filmmaker whose 1982 landmark film Wild Style has become a hip-hop classic. He lives in New York City.

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Yes, Yes Y'all: The Experience Music Project - Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't know how this book came on the shelves of my parisian bookstore but miracles happen sometimes. Either you know all the story or you're just beginning to read about hip hop culture, this book is a 'must have'. You feel just like you're living the story along with Kool Herc, Bambaata, Flash... You don't even have to speak english because the pictures are just amazing (dancers, flyers,...). Thousands of 'Merci' to the authors and hip hop pionneers. If someone can advise me some more brilliant books about hip hop or any other black music (jazz, blues, soul...) please feel free to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to kown the early days. This is the book for you. Before DMC and even before Rapper Delight. There was KOOL DJ HERC, Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation and so many others who made this culture what is... now it's world wide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE PHOTOS OF MY FRIEND D.J.BREAKOUT. WAS EVEN MORE SUPRIZED TO SEE MY FLYER. THE BOOK IS DEFINETLY A COLLECTORS ITEM FOR ALL INSPIRED BY HIPHOP
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The personal accounts you get out of this book are priceless. I always knew the names (Herc,Flash,Bambatta,Cold Crush etc.) and to an extent the legend; but the stories and pictures you get in this book are amazing. If you love hip you have to buy this book. I loved it.