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The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang, Can't Stop Won't Stop is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger gen The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang, Can't Stop Won't Stop is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger generation. It defines a generation's worldview. Exploring hip hop's beginnings up to the present day, Jeff Chang and Dave "Davey D" Cook provide a provocative look into the new world that the hip hop generation has created. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip hop's forebears, founders, mavericks, and present day icons, this book chronicles the epic events, ideas and the music that marked the hip hop generation's rise.


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The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang, Can't Stop Won't Stop is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger gen The American Book Award winner, now completely adapted for a young adult audience! From award-winning author Jeff Chang, Can't Stop Won't Stop is the story of hip-hop, a generation-defining movement and the music that transformed American politics and culture forever. Hip hop is one of the most dominant and influential cultures in America, giving new voice to the younger generation. It defines a generation's worldview. Exploring hip hop's beginnings up to the present day, Jeff Chang and Dave "Davey D" Cook provide a provocative look into the new world that the hip hop generation has created. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip hop's forebears, founders, mavericks, and present day icons, this book chronicles the epic events, ideas and the music that marked the hip hop generation's rise.

45 review for Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Hip-Hop History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    I am not much of a music fan and really not into rap, however this book totally awed me. I have a whole new respect for rap and the people who perform it. I love how this book uses the history of a music genre to explain important historical events and allows the reader to see these events through a different lens than mainstream media provides. I will definitely be purchasing this title for my library and encouraging my students to read it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zoey Perrigo

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. I so enjoyed reading this book. To preface, I rarely read nonfiction. I've never really found it my thing. Part of that might go back to being a history major in college. I always felt like I "knew enough." However, one of my favorite things is learning more about something that I thought was just common knowledge. Obviously, this book taught me more than I ever thought! Hip Hop and the creation of rap music is so incredibly interes **I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. I so enjoyed reading this book. To preface, I rarely read nonfiction. I've never really found it my thing. Part of that might go back to being a history major in college. I always felt like I "knew enough." However, one of my favorite things is learning more about something that I thought was just common knowledge. Obviously, this book taught me more than I ever thought! Hip Hop and the creation of rap music is so incredibly interesting. Chang does an excellent job of taking readers through the entire story. Throughout the book, he explains the origins of artists, movements, and how gangs and inner city clubs created hip hop. I found myself pouring over this book and trying to retain as much information as possible. The language in the book is easy to understand for me and probably most YA readers. I also felt that I gained a new appreciation for hip hop music in general. As some who grew up in the late 90's and early 00's, I could connect a lot of what I listened to to the overarching ideas and concepts. I liked knowing more about where the music I enjoyed came from. This is definitely a book that should grace the shelves of libraries with students or readers who love hip hop and rap music or our current culture. The last section will tie everything together for our generation z readers and honestly everyone else as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Westlake

    I had read Chang's book a couple of years ago as I was developing a course on the history of American pop culture at the high school I teach. I thought that there was sections that were so intriguing, and that my students would also find them amusing if I could get the reading to their level. Lo and behold, here's the book. It is fair reiteration of the original (something that does not always occur in YA adaptions). The narrative stays the same, and the organization remains. Dave Cook does a gr I had read Chang's book a couple of years ago as I was developing a course on the history of American pop culture at the high school I teach. I thought that there was sections that were so intriguing, and that my students would also find them amusing if I could get the reading to their level. Lo and behold, here's the book. It is fair reiteration of the original (something that does not always occur in YA adaptions). The narrative stays the same, and the organization remains. Dave Cook does a great job taking a higher reading level and reworking it for a younger audience. My main criticism is sometimes the history is hard to connect, and I think it's especially true for students. If I were to assign the book, I think they would immediately get lost in the first chapter. It is full of a lot of esoteric information, and the connection to hip hop music isn't explicitly made. While I understand it sets up the context, for young readers, it needs to be clear, or they will get lost in the murky details. As the book goes on, there are pieces of history that I think is fair to say they would not be encountering any other places. Certainly not textbooks, at least. I give this book my endorsement as a teacher, who is consistently trying to find sources of interest for my students. While they may not necessarily need to read the entire book (or Ch. 1), there is quite enough to warrant this to be in a school library or an option for student research.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I loved this book. I love to keep learning in life and about topics I have never read about. I am too old to know about hip hop so this was a great book. Hip Hop is a very generation defining movement, it has given a voice to the younger generation. This book talks about the start of hip hop and it goes all the way up to the newest performers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While this is an updated and revised version for Young Adults, it is not necessarily for middle grade readers. There is a lot of profanity, and it is very long and dense. Great book with lots of information, just not what I needed for my library. A must purchase for high school libraries, especially those with strong music programs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thuanhnguyen

    A perfect adaptation of the original book for young audiences. It's written so that young adults can really understand the history of music and activism. It would be a great companion with a soundtrack. A perfect adaptation of the original book for young audiences. It's written so that young adults can really understand the history of music and activism. It would be a great companion with a soundtrack.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RyReads

    A little too convoluted for my taste and, in my opinion, definitely too convoluted for a YA audience. Definitely full of information, though! Worth the read if you can get through it 3 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

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