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The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash

My Life, My Beats

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A no-holds-barred memoir from the primary architect of hip hop and one of the culture's most revered music icons—both the tale of his life and legacy and a testament to dogged determination.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip hop. Theirs was a groundbreaking union between one DJ and five rapping MCs. One of the first hip hop posses, they were responsible for such masterpieces as “The Message” and “Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.”

In the 1970s Grandmaster Flash pioneered the art of break-beat DJing—the process of remixing and thereby creating a new piece of music by playing vinyl records and turntables as musical instruments. Disco-era DJs spun records so that people could dance. The original turntablist, Flash took it a step further by cutting, rubbing, backspinning, and mixing records, focusing on “breaks”—what Flash described as “the short, climactic parts of the records that really grabbed me”—as a way of heightening musical excitement and creating something new.

Now the man who paved the way for such artists as Jay-Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and 50 Cent tells all—from his early days on the mean streets of the South Bronx, to the heights of hip hop stardom, losing millions at the hands of his record label, his downward spiral into cocaine addiction, and his ultimate redemption with the help and love of his family and friends. In this powerful memoir, Flash recounts how music from the streets, much like rock ’n’ roll a generation before, became the sound of an era and swept a nation with its funk, flavor, and beat.

Publishers Weekly Review

02 June 2008 – The story of Grandmaster Flash has been told many times\x97but never this well\x97in countless books on hip-hop culture: a DJ whose genius at mixing songs and beats using multiple turntables as the background for rapping MCs in New York City during the late 1970s and early '80s made him one of the founding fathers of hip-hop. Here, Flash's own no-holds-barred look at his rise, fall and resurrection is powered by his insider's look at the transcendent as well as the seamy sides of the early days of hip-hop. He is especially good at presenting new information on his dealings with one of the early hip-hop giants, Sugar Hill Records. He is ably assisted by the ubiquitous Ritz, who, as a coauthor of numerous autobiographies (Ray Charles, Don Rickles, etc.), allows for individual voices and writing styles. While Flash writes in short, phrases, the entire book reveals a complex and thoughtful approach to his life, especially his obsessive mixing work (\x93I would have to do that thirty-six hundred times to fill an all-day park jam with music the way I wanted to play it\x94).

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  • 13,99 €
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: 10 June 2008
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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