Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers Author Mark Costello
ISBN-10 9780316401111
Year 2013-07-23
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised? Back in print at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this rerelease cannot be missed.

Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9780241968321
Year 2013-08-01
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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Signifying Rappers is a fun and quirky discovery for any fan of David Foster Wallace or Hip-hop. Signifying Rappers is an old-school classic from David Foster Wallace and his friend and room-mate Mark Costello, first published in 1990, long out of print, and previously unavailable outside the USA. A paean to the golden age of Hip-Hop and the first book to consider seriously its position as a vital force in American culture, Signifying Rappers is a must-read for fans of both Wallace and hip-hop. Set against the legendary 1980s scene, it maps the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom, with an energy and exuberance which is as fresh today as when it was written. 'Costello and Wallace's pioneering study is a dazzling performance: informative, provocative, funny, brilliantly written . . . great wit, insight and in-your-face energy' Review of Contemporary Fiction 'Both a cogent explication of rap and a cutting, revealing parody of overinflated, pseudointellectual rap criticism' Seattle Weekly David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was the author of the acclaimed novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System. His final novel, The Pale King, was published posthumously in 2011. He is also the author of the short-story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Girl with Curious Hair. His non-fiction includes several essay collections, including Both Flesh and Not, which was published in 2012, and the the full-length work Everything and More. Mark Costello is the author of two novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Big If. He lives in New York City.

Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers Author Mark Costello
ISBN-10 9780316401111
Year 2013-07-23
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Back Bay Books
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Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture. Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised? Back in print at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this rerelease cannot be missed.

Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9783462308525
Year 2014-11-06
Pages 240
Language de
Publisher Kiepenheuer & Witsch
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Ein früher Text von David Foster Wallace über das Wesen einer subversiven Musikrichtung – des Rap David Foster Wallaces Betrachtungen über den Rap basieren zunächst auf persönlichen Erfahrungen – er kannte den Besitzer eines unabhängigen Rap-Labels und beschreibt das Umfeld, in dem dieser subversive Musikstil entstanden ist – das urbane Getto, in diesem Fall in North Dorchester, Boston. Drogen, Armut und Ausgrenzung beherrschen das Lebensgefühl, das im Rap ein Ventil findet.Ein großer Teil des Buchs widmet sich der Bewertung des Rap – z.B. anhand einer literarischen und historischen Analyse, die die Musik in den Kontext der mündlichen Überlieferung Afrikas stellt. David Foster Wallace und sein Co-Autor Mark Costello, der eine angehender Romanautor, der andere erfolgreicher Anwalt, zeigen sich als Kenner der politischen, musikalischen und künstlerischen Dimension einer neuen Art von Musik, die zugleich der amerikanischen Lyrik neue Impulse gab.

Big If A Novel

Big If  A Novel Author Mark Costello
ISBN-10 0393051161
Year 2002-06-17
Pages 315
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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In the wake of her father's death and the vice president's campaign for the presidency, Secret Service agent Vi Asplund returns home to her computer genius brother, who is poised to make a fortune on a nihilistic video game.

Book of Rhymes

Book of Rhymes Author Adam Bradley
ISBN-10 9780465094417
Year 2017-06-27
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance

Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance Author Houston A. Baker, Jr.
ISBN-10 9780226156293
Year 2013-11-15
Pages 132
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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"Mr. Baker perceives the harlem Renaissance as a crucial moment in a movement, predating the 1920's, when Afro-Americans embraced the task of self-determination and in so doing gave forth a distinctive form of expression that still echoes in a broad spectrum of 20th-century Afro-American arts. . . . Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance may well become Afro-America's 'studying manual.'"—Tonya Bolden, New York Times Book Review

The Anthology of Rap

The Anthology of Rap Author Adam Bradley
ISBN-10 0300141912
Year 2011-08-02
Pages 867
Language en
Publisher
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From the school yards of the South Bronx to the tops of the Billboard charts, rap has emerged as one of the most influential cultural forces of our time. In this book, the editors demonstrate that rap is also a wide-reaching and vital poetic tradition born of beats and rhymes.

Underground and Independent Rap

Underground and Independent Rap Author Zachary Scribe
ISBN-10 9780615153490
Year 2007-09-01
Pages 204
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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A collection of essays, interviews, and other prose works revolving around the North American underground and independent rap scene and the author's experiences with it, this book offers appreciation for those already steeped in the genre and provides outsiders a glimpse into a fertile subculture.

Sounding Race in Rap Songs

Sounding Race in Rap Songs Author Loren Kajikawa
ISBN-10 9780520283992
Year 2015
Pages 205
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press
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"As one of the most influential and popular genres of the last three decades, rap has cultivated a mainstream audience and become a multimillion-dollar industry by promoting highly visible and often controversial representations of blackness. Sounding Race in Rap Songs argues that rap music allows us not only to see but also to hear how mass-mediated culture engenders new understandings of race. The book traces the changing sounds of race across some of the best-known rap songs of the past thirty-five years, combining song-level analysis with historical contextualization to show how these representations of identity depend on specific artistic decisions, such as those related to how producers make beats. Each chapter explores the process behind the production of hit songs by musicians including Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Sugarhill Gang, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A., Dr. Dre, and Eminem. This series of case studies highlights stylistic differences in sound, lyrics, and imagery, with musical examples and illustrations that help answer the core question: can we hear race in rap songs? Integrating theory from interdisciplinary areas, this book will resonate with students and scholars of popular music, race relations, urban culture, ethnomusicology, sound studies, and beyond"--Provided by publisher.

Black Noise

Black Noise Author Tricia Rose
ISBN-10 0819562750
Year 1994-04-24
Pages 257
Language en
Publisher Wesleyan
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From its beginnings in hip hop culture, the dense rhythms and aggressive lyrics of rap music have made it a provocative fixture on the American cultural landscape. In Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Tricia Rose, described by the New York Times as a "hip hop theorist," takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of this highly rhythmic, rhymed storytelling and grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it. Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and History at New York University, Tricia Rose sorts through rap's multiple voices by exploring its underlying urban cultural politics, particularly the influential New York City rap scene, and discusses rap as a unique musical form in which traditional African-based oral traditions fuse with cutting-edge music technologies. Next she takes up rap's racial politics, its sharp criticisms of the police and the government, and the responses of those institutions. Finally, she explores the complex sexual politics of rap, including questions of misogyny, sexual domination, and female rappers' critiques of men. But these debates do not overshadow rappers' own words and thoughts. Rose also closely examines the lyrics and videos for songs by artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One, Salt N' Pepa, MC Lyte, and L. L. Cool J. and draws on candid interviews with Queen Latifah, music producer Eric "Vietnam" Sadler, dancer Crazy Legs, and others to paint the full range of rap's political and aesthetic spectrum. In the end, Rose observes, rap music remains a vibrant force with its own aesthetic, "a noisy and powerful element of contemporary American popular culture which continues to draw a great deal of attention to itself."

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 9781405520997
Year 2012-06-28
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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In his startling and singular new short story collection, David Foster Wallace nudges at the boundaries of fiction with inimitable wit and seductive intelligence. Among the stories are 'The Depressed Person', a dazzling and blackly humorous portrayal of a woman's mental state; 'Adult World', which reveals a woman's agonised consideration of her confusing sexual relationship with her husband; and 'Brief Interviews with Hideous Men', a dark, hilarious series of portraits of men whose fear of women renders them grotesque. Wallace's stories present a world where the bizarre and the banal are interwoven and where hideous men appear in many different guises. Thought-provoking and playful, this collection confirms David Foster Wallace as one of the most imaginative young writers around. Wallace delights in leftfield observation, mining the ironic, the surprising and the illuminating from every situation. His new collection will delight his growing number of fans, and provide a perfect introduction for new readers.

Spectacular Vernaculars

Spectacular Vernaculars Author Russell A. Potter
ISBN-10 0791426254
Year 1995
Pages 197
Language en
Publisher SUNY Press
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Viewing hip-hop as the postmodern successor to African American culture's Jazz modernism, this book examines hip-hop music's role in the history of the African-American experience.

In Praise of Commercial Culture

In Praise of Commercial Culture Author Tyler COWEN
ISBN-10 0674001885
Year 2000
Pages 278
Language en
Publisher Harvard University Press
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Does a market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the current intellectual and popular balance and to encourage a more favorable attitude toward the commercialization of culture that we associate with modernity. Economist Tyler Cowen argues that the capitalist market economy is a vital but underappreciated institutional framework for supporting a plurality of co-existing artistic visions, providing a steady stream of new and satisfying creations, supporting both high and low culture, helping consumers and artists refine their tastes, and paying homage to the past by capturing, reproducing, and disseminating it. Contemporary culture, Cowen argues, is flourishing in its various manifestations, including the visual arts, literature, music, architecture, and the cinema. Successful high culture usually comes out of a healthy and prosperous popular culture. Shakespeare and Mozart were highly popular in their own time. Beethoven's later, less accessible music was made possible in part by his early popularity. Today, consumer demand ensures that archival blues recordings, a wide array of past and current symphonies, and this week's Top 40 hit sit side by side in the music megastore. High and low culture indeed complement each other. Cowen's philosophy of cultural optimism stands in opposition to the many varieties of cultural pessimism found among conservatives, neo-conservatives, the Frankfurt School, and some versions of the political correctness and multiculturalist movements, as well as historical figures, including Rousseau and Plato. He shows that even when contemporary culture is thriving, it appears degenerate, as evidenced by the widespread acceptance of pessimism. He ends by considering the reasons why cultural pessimism has such a powerful hold on intellectuals and opinion-makers.

The Future of Fiction

The Future of Fiction Author David Foster Wallace
ISBN-10 156478097X
Year 1996
Pages 193
Language en
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press
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A Forum edited by David Foster Wallace (Review of Contemporary Fiction)