Hip Hop Family Tree Book Ed Piskor s acclaimed graphic novel series continues Book highlights Run DMC s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini The Fat Boys Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh The Beastie Boys

  • Title: Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984
  • Author: Ed Piskor
  • ISBN: 9781606998489
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ed Piskor s acclaimed graphic novel series continues Book 3 highlights Run DMC s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh The Beastie Boys become a rap group Rick Rubin meets Russell Simmons to form Def Jam The famous TV pilot to the dance show Graffiti Rock and the documentaries Style Wars and Breakin andEd Piskor s acclaimed graphic novel series continues Book 3 highlights Run DMC s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh The Beastie Boys become a rap group Rick Rubin meets Russell Simmons to form Def Jam The famous TV pilot to the dance show Graffiti Rock and the documentaries Style Wars and Breakin and Enterin are all highlighted in this comprehensive volume spanning 1983 1984 Ed Piskor continues to deliver the goods in this comprehensive history of hip hop.

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    1. Now we're down to only a single year in this third volume, making the narrative focus even tighter and more satisfying. If only volume 4 were available now!! Aughhhhh!

    2. Where volume 1 of Hip Hop Family Tree was filled with fascinating vignettes, colorful characters, and nuggets of information about early hip hop, volume 3 sees writer/artist Ed Piskor honing his narrative techniques, weaving dozens of parallel stories together to evoke the vibrant hip-hop scene in early '80s NYC. The “family tree” aspect of Piskor's project comes to the fore, as he chronicles the tight-knit connections between his cast of 80+ real-life characters. This includes the growing s [...]

    3. I don't know about y'all, but I did a lot of popping and locking in Brownies. Then, there was the time this no-name kid did a headspin in front of the entire school at assembly and everybody lost their minds. Whodini was definitely named best group in my 4th grade school newspaper. I'm from the middle of NOWHERE, folks. But in 1983/84, hip hop was definitely part of my little girl life. At first, it seemed like a school fad -- bigger than Fruit Rollups, but not as big as Michael Jackson. Turns o [...]

    4. The pace is a bit more frenetic, as rap gains momentum as a cultural phenomenon. We see the beginnings of major players such as Ice T, Dr. Dre, Chuck D, and the Beastie Boys (who have cameoed pretty much since the beginning, so I'm guessing Piskor is a big fan) and witness the phenomenon of the epic rise of RUN-DMC (due in part to the combination of rock music with their rap, which they initially opposed). There's so much going on now, it's hard to keep up. But there's not much if anything from [...]

    5. With HIP HOP FAMILY TREE BOOK 3: 1983-1984, Ed Piskor continues his Herodotus-like chronicle of the birth of hip-hop. The medium is the message here, comics, specifically Marvel-styled superheroes of the 1970s, being the perfect pop platform to tell the larger-than-life story of the emerging art form from the streets of NYC and it’s burgeoning steps outside the city borders. This, as previous volumes, are thoroughly engaging, entertaining and edifying reads, but that’s enough alteration for [...]

    6. I've been an avid fan of rap and hip hop music for the past four years, and it's something very passionate about. Learning about the history and the other cultures surrounding it was never something that I found as interesting as modern day rap, but this graphic novel changed that. It was very interesting and showcased a lot of hip hops history in the 80s. Overall, this was a spectacular book, and I would highly recommend it for hip hop fans or even people who were alive in this time period!

    7. All the things I loved about the first two volumes (the art style, the presentation, the obvious love and knowledge for the genre/culture) only with more of the bands and artists I have more familiarity with. It's only going to get better in this respect too so I can't wait.

    8. Just like in the previous two volumes, Ed Piskor does a great job combining information and entertainment.

    9. In 1983, full-length hip hop albums just aren't getting made. Rather, you have a cobbled together collection of 12-inch single. Hip hop records just don't sell. However, the artists that are pioneering the genre work hard to get it to the mainstream and establish hip hop as a business. While Sylvia Robinson is the biggest name in the business with her Sugarhill touring acts, it is Russell Simmons of Rush Management who is managing the biggest artists. With Kurtis Blow as his primary focus, Simmo [...]

    10. I'm so glad these books exist as historical documents. Doesn't really tell a story in a traditional sense and sometimes a scene would abruptly end with no warning, but once I understood the style, I was OK with that. My biggest issue is with the artwork. So much of it is fabulous! Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Slick Rick and Kool Moe Dee for instance, all look GREAT. Others are kind of vague. Like KRS-ONE and Russell Simmons. But, for me, the most egregious rendering was Chuck D. I had to read the pages w [...]

    11. Ed Piskor's verbal storytelling skill are still pretty horrendous, but the visual action, glimpses into hundreds of overlapping stories that have influenced so much of the music I love, makes up for it. My interest in these histories has gone up significantly after having recently watched two Netflix originals on the same topic: The Get Down and Hip-Hop Evolution. Each of these narratives offers different portrayals on some of the same core characters, and I've been eating it all up voraciously. [...]

    12. Hip hop stars begin to be just plain old stars in this era of hip hop. There are business disagreements over contracts, etc. I never knew that the Fat Boys were originally called the Disco Three. My 5-year-old started asking me questions so I showed him some Fat Boys and Run DMC videos. I caught him later whisper-singing to himself, "It's tricky, tricky, tricky"

    13. A really solid history of rap and hip-hop, but often disjointed. Piskor is so dedicated to a thorough exploration and including all the history that the reader can get lost in the cross-country narrative and the who's who of the history. Still, an overall great resource and really well researched book.

    14. This volume of Ed Piskor's "documentary" comic about the rise of hip hop is pretty good, but it didn't really blow me away or contain the kind of exciting moments that I found in earlier volumes, where I recognized the beginnings of something exciting that would end up changing the world. It might be because the world of hip hop was in a bit of an adolescent phase here, having established itself as a genre but not yet risen to the level of cultural force that it would become. There are probably [...]

    15. I don't even want to think about how much research went into these books. Even if one is the greatest hip hop fan in the world, and been following it since the beginning, just keeping all the names and dates and so on straight I love the design of these books too, the intentionally brownish tone to the pages, done to simulate a treasury-sized comic book that's been lying around since the 80's. Piskor's Just-Cartoony-Enough style works well with the sizable cast. I appreciate the index at the ba [...]

    16. I might be wrong, Thom Yorke, but in my mind the first two volumes of Piskor's wonderful comic book saga were primarily composed of one-page stories. That approach kept the adventures short and sweet and allowed for many characters' stories to be told in quick succession, brilliantly barraging readers with rapid-fire knowledge.For the also excellent Vol. 3, the author/illustrator shifts to mainly 2, 3 or 4-page narratives – an ambitious and ultimately successful step forward but one that, at [...]

    17. Another great volume in this series by the fantastic Ed Piskor! Yes, the story jumps around a bit, but that's because there's a lot to cover and it only serves to add to the classic Marvel Comics "cosmic odyssey" vibe, further suggested by the Kirby-esque cover! Not being as well-versed in hip hop lore as some, I learned a lot too, such as the instrumental prowess of young Flavor Flav, which sent me down the Youtube rabbit hole (a frequent occurrence with this series). Highly recommended!

    18. When rap and hip hop really started to bubble into mainstream-- Fat Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J, and other starting to make full albums, get MTV video play, local TV and radio airplay. Ed Piskor's dynamic images jump from the page with rhymes, graffiti,and DJ's all while telling the history of this new music genre's growth.

    19. "Family Tree" is a good name for these books. They don't really follow a narrative as much as hop around from person to person, group to group, pointing out interesting overlaps/coincidences/intersections. I had a lot of WHOA THAZ CRAZY moments reading these. And really like the way Piskor draws people. Especially his googly-eyed, master hustler Russel Simmons.

    20. The only tragedy about this series is that each volume in the series eventually ends, and I'm forced-- FORCED-- to wait for another one. All culture stinks compared to rap culture in the 1980's. Bah!

    21. Similar to Book 1, but not as focused. It's pretty cool to see the beginnings of Def Jam, but overall, this wasn't quite as powerful as the first book. That being said, I still enjoyed it and it still made me laugh. Piskor does a great job mixing history with a true comic book feel.

    22. Another dead solid volume. If you like music or pop culture, at all, then this is a must own. Piskor is doing an amazing and important job.

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