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New Book and More: Hip-Hop Studies: An International Bibliography and Resource Guide / by John Gray

Friday, September 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Hip-Hop Studies: An International Bibliography and Resource Guide / by John Gray (Black Music Reference Series; v. 7) (xviii, 1116 p., cloth).
ISBN: 9780984413461

This remarkable new study provides the first comprehensive overview of the burgeoning field of Hip-Hop Studies and its enormous literature. Comprised of more than 7000 entries, it encompasses both the early journalistic and popular writing on the subject as well as the wealth of scholarship that has emerged since the mid-1990s. The book’s main focus is on three of hip-hop’s most important facets—MCing, DJing and dance—along with a variety of related electronic dance musics, e.g., house, techno, and reggaeton, which have emerged since the 1980s.

Based on more than two decades of research the book offers students, scholars and librarians a road map to almost forty years of writing on the subject from the earliest press reports of 1978 to the most recent digital scholarship of 2014. To facilitate use it is organized into four main parts. The first, General Works, covers works offering broad historical or critical perspectives on the music. It is followed by Topical Studies which offers more targeted coverage of 43 different topics related to the music and its links to issues such as race, class, gender, religion and politics. Section three, Regional Studies, moves on to hip-hop’s history and global diffusion to some 27 U.S. states and more than a hundred foreign countries. Highlights here include in-depth coverage of  hubs in the U.S., e.g., New York and California, as well as regional sites and countries such as Canada, Europe (France, Germany, the UK), Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico), Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. An extensive final section, Biographical and Critical Studies, documents the careers of nearly 1900 individuals—MCs, DJs, dancers, producers—from around the globe.

Also of note is the book’s strong multicultural focus which examines not only the contributions of hip-hop’s African American pioneers and stars but also the wealth of other ethnic and national groups impacted by its legacy. These include indigenous peoples from all over the world—Native Americans, First Nations Canadians, Aboriginal Australians, Aymara Indians—as well as a host of others—Latinos, Filipinos, Arab Americans, German-Turks, French North Africans, Palestinians, and whites.

The author is veteran bibliographer John Gray whose previous publications include Carnival, Calypso and Steel Pan; Afro-Brazilian Music; Afro-Cuban Music; Jamaican Popular Music; From Vodou to Zouk; African Music; Fire Music; and Blacks in Classical Music.

Release date: Oct. 7, 2016.

To pre-order please visit the ADP website: www.african-diaspora-press.com.

Also Available:

From Vodou to Zouk: a bibliographic guide to music of the French-speaking Caribbean and its diaspora (v. 1)

Jamaican Popular Music, from Mento to Dancehall Reggae (v. 2)

Afro-Cuban Music: a bibliographic guide (v. 3)

Baila! A bibliographic guide to Afro-Latin dance musics, from Mambo to Salsa (v. 4)

Afro-Brazilian Music: a bibliographic guide (v. 5)

Carnival, Calypso and Steel Pan: a bibliographic guide to popular music of the English-speaking Caribbean and its diaspora (v. 6)

Praise for the Black Music Reference Series:

“...the definitive starting point for study [of] music of the African diaspora.”—Choice

“...a milestone in Caribbeanist and African Americanist bibliography. Not only are these volumes the most comprehensive bibliographic tools available to date for the study of Caribbean vernacular musical traditions, they are surely the most balanced.”
—Kenneth Bilby, New West Indian Guide

Carnival, Calypso and Steel Pan

"Best Reference of 2015" — Library Journal

"With his most recent installment in the Black Music Reference Series, Gray continues to set the standard for bibliographic guides on black music and culture...It is nothing short of a seminal work." — Music Reference Services Quarterly

"...an essential starting point for research on [Caribbean carnival arts and music] that should be in libraries throughout the country, indeed the region, as well as in the collections of every serious scholar." — Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

Afro-Brazilian Music

“A monumental new book on a particularly complex subject...Highly recommended.” — Choice

“...an essential resource for scholars of Afro-Brazilian music and Brazilian music in general.” — Fontes Artis Musicae


Winner of the 2015 Vincent H. Duckles Award for ‘best book-length bibliography or other research tool’ from the Music Library Association.

“Best Reference of 2013.” — Library Journal

“...a landmark work that belongs in all music libraries and Latin American and Caribbean collections.” — Choice

“A critical compendium for Afro-Latin researchers and enthusiasts.” — Library Journal

Afro-Cuban Music

“Not only is Afro-Cuban Music an essential handbook for anyone researching or merely enjoying Afro-Cuban music; it is a testament to the traditional hard-copy bibliographic guide in an era where paper resources are increasingly eclipsed by digital ones.” — Latin American Music Review

“...an impressive accomplishment that will prove an invaluable resource for researchers.” — Robin Moore, University of Texas at Austin

From Vodou to Zouk

“...will prove an indispensable, in-hand reference to current French Caribbean music scholarship.” — Library Journal

“…represents a major update of available bibliographical guides…exceedingly pleasurable to recommend…” — Notes (Music Library Association)

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