Roy Christopher with Charles Mudede

5/22/2019 | Elliott Bay Book Company

Readings & Lectures Capitol Hill/Central District

In Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater Books), Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop – allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound – would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the groundbreaking work of DJs and MCs, alongside writers like Burroughs, Dick and Gibson, as well as post-punk and DIY culture, Dead Precedents is a counterculture history of the twentieth century, showcasing hip-hop’s role in the creation of the world we now live in

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