Category Archive: Book

The Art Behind the Tape

  The Art Behind the Tape is the first coffee table book dedicated to the history of mixtape cover art. A collection of interviews and artwork comiled by DJ Mars, Maurice Garland, Bril… Continue reading

Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop

Hip hop first became a part of the mainstream music industry in the early 1980s, when major record labels released albums from such accessible groups as Run DMC and the Sugarhill Gang. But… Continue reading

Digital Griots

“a little love for the DJ as griot and master rhetor…and the inspiration for Digital Griots.” Scholar Adam J. Banks offers a mixtape of African American digital rhetoric in his innovative study Digital… Continue reading

The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

The Big Payback takes readers from the first $15 made by a “rapping DJ” in 1970s New York to the multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007.… Continue reading

DJ Culture in the Mix: Power, Technology, and Social Change in Electronic Dance Music Paperback

by Bernardo Attias, Anna Gavanas, and Hillegonda Rietveld The DJ stands at a juncture of technology, performance and culture in the increasingly uncertain climate of the popular music industry, functioning both as pioneer of… Continue reading

Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book is Now Available for Pre-Order!

Congratulations to Bun B and Shea Serrano. Their blog turned book is set to release on September 17, 2013, but you can reserve your copiesssssssss now! — Rapper Bun B lends his street cred and occasionally his… Continue reading

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

Taking its title from Danger Mouse’s pioneering mashup of Jay-Z’s The Black Album and the Beatles’ The White Album, this encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African… Continue reading

Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India

Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India by: Peter Manuel Format: Paperback – 302 pages ISBN: 0226504018 Publisher: University of Chicago Press (1993) “In Cassette Culture, Peter Manuel tells how a… Continue reading

The Mixtape as Emancipatory Journalism

I Mix What I Like!: A Mixtape Manifesto by Jared A. Ball Format: Paperback ISBN: 1849350574 Publisher: AK Press “This is Dr. Jared A. Ball’s first book. He is the father of two… Continue reading

Mix tape: The Art of Cassette Culture edited by Thurston Moore

Mix tape: The Art of Cassette Culture edited by Thurston Moore Format: Hardcover (96 pages) ISBN: 10:0789311992 Publisher: Universe (May 3, 2005) This book is a collage of stories and images, or as … Continue reading