Hip Hop Family Tree: 1970s-1981, v.1, Fantagraphics Treasury edition by Ed Piskor
Date read: 24-26 April 2017
My rating: Leaving unrated
Challenges: 2017gnc, 2017nfc, 2017poss
Library binding, 112 pages
Published 2016 by Fantagraphics; Fifth Fantagraphics Books edition
Source: Central Oregon Community College Barber Library [ML3531 .P37 1970-1981 v.1
This is what I wrote in Goodreads regarding this book:
I am not going to rate this as I am completely unqualified to rate it. I recognize a few names and a few song titles but most of this is all new to me and as succinctly as it is presented–is it even really a narrative?–provides me no additional info really. I was looking forward to the other volumes and maybe the narrative gets a bit more expansive but this was the early history and the more important to my [lack of] knowledge, in my opinion, so moving on.
I did enjoy it in a sense but with so little grounding in the culture of hip hop this title failed to provide me any real grounding. I have been using graphic novels the last couple of years to explore topics that I may not be ready or willing (with so many other interests) to read a standard, prose, nonfiction book on; e.g.,
- Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness
- Andre the Giant: Life and Legend
- Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
- Marzi: a memoir
- Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
- My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s
- The Story of My Tits
- Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
- Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among the English Speaking Peoples
- Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story
These, and several others, have been variable in their ability to inform [entertain/surprise/…] me, but all were better than this one for me.
Recommended for fans of hip hop or folks with some knowledge of the genre and its artists but who want a bit more. I am not saying it is a bad book, just that it did not do what I needed it to do for me to get a better appreciation (and knowledge) of hip hop. No doubt it works better if you have a bit more of a starting background knowledge/awareness.
This is the
9th 7th book in my 2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Challenge [2017gnc]
This is the 20th book read and 8th reviewed in my in my Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2017 [2017nfc].
I have read 11 books so far this year in my 2017 Books To Read Challenge (personal) [2017poss] but this is the first to be reviewed. That eleven includes this title and one I finished this morning, though. I have also read from 8 of the 16 different categories so far. Goal is “to complete 2 from each of the 16 categories and a total of 35.” Two categories are “complete” in that sense, re-reads (2) and beer and brewing (3), but that doesn’t mean I won’t read another book on those lists.