Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 (2020)

Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 Ed Piskor Hip Hop Family Tree Vol s The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth so what better way to document this fascinating epic true story than in another great American mythological medium the comic book F
  • Title: Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981
  • Author: Ed Piskor
  • ISBN: 9781606996904
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 Ed Piskor The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium the comic book From exciting young talent and self proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic hiThe lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium the comic book From exciting young talent and self proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era Piskor s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late 1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns meets Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then punker Rick Rubin Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.
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  1. Jan Philipzig

    The rise of hip hop in New York City during the late 1970s and early 1980s makes for a fascinating topic, and Ed Piskor s meticulously researched Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 1 approaches it with a lot of fanboy enthusiasm While this approach can be very enjoyable, it is arguably also the book s weakest link, as the dutiful mention of everyone and their mother comes at the expense of in depth characterization and narrative flow What is , Piskor completely ignores hip hop s broader social context, [...]

  2. Dan Grible

    Like a physicist approaching the Big Bang or a biologist approaching the moment the word became flesh, Ed Piskor delves into the most primordial moments of Hip Hop Innumerable details of people and place are overwhelmingly displayed alongside a foundational story just as convoluted The characters and settings that have forged the latest and most powerful trend in universal music are all there Disappointingly, the same width of attention to detail cannot be said of internal cohesion.More strings [...]

  3. Picklefactory

    Damn fantastic And huge I just want to dive right into it If only it came with a mix tape and the original material Piskor is working with.

  4. Andrew

    Way too much name dropping and then moving on to the next person The book should come with a mix cd and a collection of classic graffiti art.

  5. Stewart Tame

    Very fun A history of hip hop in comics form This is only volume one, so it only covers up to the early 80 s or so I admit this is history I m largely unfamiliar with, but it has the ring of truth about it I certainly recognize lots of names, and even recall hearing a song or two I was previously familiar with Piskor s work from his collaborations with Harvey Pekar He can seemingly draw anything the cover, in particular, is quite striking The production on this book is top notch, going for an in [...]

  6. Printable Tire

    I knew absolutely jack shit about hip hop before reading this, so the learning curve was tough But Piskor does a great job of aping the dynamic color and fun of the old giant sized comic books so most of the information goes down smooth I don t know why this was so much appealing to me than the work Piskor did on the Beats, which I absolutely fucking hated, but it is.I had the pleasure of seeing Piskor read and talk in Gainesville last Spring I can tell he knows his shit and is a bit of a worka [...]

  7. Jason

    I had only dabbled in rap hip hop before reading this and I was blown away by the richness of the history of the genre Of course I couldn t just read through it because I had to stop and check out youtube videos of the songs I was reading about and read articles to fill in the gaps Piskor didn t elaborate on I was so taken with the material that I dedicated my last radio show to hip hop tracks released in 1979 I love it when a nonfiction book motivates me to do my own exploring on the topic High [...]

  8. Guythebored

    L epica ai tempi della pop art.Potrebbe risultare un banalit , anzi certamente lo , ma giudicare un fenomeno artistico senza analizzare la realt storica contingente a quel fenomeno una sciocchezza Eppure.Eppure sembra un operazione estremamente difficile, pensando a cosa sia diventato adesso l hip hop un industria culturale globale dal valore di miliardi di dollari cercare di circoscriverlo a una determinata area e a un determinato momento storico, senza tornare indietro e indagarne le origini.M [...]

  9. Osvaldo

    Let s say four and a half stars.Visually this series is amazing, from the treasury edition large format, to the the muted color palette to the yellowed pages meant to emulate old comics.It begins a little scattered, and at first the lack of really developed narrative structure made it seem a little too haphazard, but Piskor gets into a groove and soon we spend enough time with people to get a sense of how stuff is developing on the individual level.I love the little Easter eggs thrown into some [...]

  10. Raina

    It s an impressive effort Slices of the hip hop story, featuring the beginning of a new art form I definitely learned a lot, but missed context, since it s such a broad effort I wanted to know about the lives of these artists, and found myself thinking back to what I know about history a lot Great illustrations, of course.

  11. elizabeth

    So awesome Amazing level of detail The whole way through I was keeping a mental list of the songs I would need to look up later Then realized Piskor made an impressive bibliography index of all that Also Bonus portraits of hip hop icons by graphic darlings Jeffrey Brown, Nate Powell, etc.

  12. Misty

    I think this graphic is great for hip hop and rap fans I m not really a fan of either music genres, nor am I familiar with the people I m sure the 90 s volume will be my speed I wish the transitions between the characters and each story was a little clear This is a dense book with a lot of players and a lot of things happening With all that being said, it was a solid graphic and I learned some fascinating things about the history of hip hop.

  13. Andrew

    The early history of hip hop, told in the style of the Bronze Age Marvel comics popular at the time Piskor uses Jeff Chang s Can t Stop Won t Stop and Dan Charnas The Big Payback as major sources Having already read those books a few years back, this comic feels like an abbreviated cliffs notes All the main events and players are here, but a lot of the interesting sociopolitical context is excised or breezed over The main appeal then, is Piskor s cartooning, which is excellent He captures the fe [...]

  14. Sara

    I found out what I didn t know about the first decade of hip hop, and the answer is almost everything This first volume of the Hip Hop Family Tree series was the most inaccessible to someone like me because Piskor introduces person after person and group after group in dizzying succession With the exception of a few names Afrika Bambaata, Russell Simmons, Kurtis Blow and a few others , I didn t have any context for this whirlwind of MCs, DJs, promoters, and other creators Piskor works sequential [...]

  15. Michelle

    I love the subject, but I was a bit confused by the lack of a clear timeline What years were covereed exactly I grew up listening to some of this music This book is best read with a laptop up so you can look up the music, the pictures of the people involved, and able to search on topics mentioned Since, it s a history of several people and events, there no strong narrative thread, which sometimes made it easier for me to forget about the book I did love the asides and reference to events outsid [...]

  16. Trey Piepmeier

    I ve known of this series for a long time and I think read bits and pieces of it online, but I couldn t get past the kitschy retro thing it had going on It felt phony and overdone The paper that was colored to look like newsprint The fake color halftones I also didn t care for the way he drew people s faces I don t think they look like who they re supposed to represent much at all It took me out of it enough that I didn t want to give it a chance.But, at my request, Livie brought me home a copy [...]

  17. Courtney

    Ed Piskor has taken on an extremely ambitious undertaking in his on going Hip Hop Family Tree comic strip Originally serialized online at Boing Boing, the comic has now been collected and bound for our reading pleasure Beginning with some of the earliest house parties and rap battles and moving up through rap s mainstream breakthrough in Blondie s single, Rapture , this first volume has a lot of ground to cover The end of the book features an index and discographies, both of the artists and the [...]

  18. Sheehan

    Loved this book, loved itGreat drawings, right on point history of hip hop told from the streets up The narrative in a graphic novel form is perfect, it allows for intermittent parenthetical ideas to exist in the background introducing future players in the history of hip hop Also deftly used the artists lyrics to bring relevance to a short story of their involvement.This is one well thought out and righteously illustrated book, and to it s credit, does include graffiti and uptown downtown aspec [...]

  19. Michael Neno

    Author and cartoonist Ed Pisker does an admirable and passionate job telling the complex and overlapping stories of the early days of hip hop He uses a classic retro art style and coloring, appropriately reminiscent of comic books published in the late 70s when this music was first being developed.Although I knew most of the stories told in the book, from much of the same sources Pisker used for his research, he puts it all together in a fun and readable form, with the skill of a master DJ honin [...]

  20. Andy

    This first volume of Hip Hop Family Tree covers an enormous amount of ground in 100 or so pages the years 1970 1981 , so much so that all the names can get confusing and overwhelming, but Piskor knows how to keep the story moving and interesting I knew almost nothing about hip hop prior to reading this volume, but one of my co workers an expert in all things hip hop was very impressed with the depth and accuracy of the book I really enjoyed it and love the nod to the Marvel Treasury Edition form [...]

  21. Peter Landau

    Ed Piskor has done the impossible He wasn t even born during the course of his HIP HOP FAMILY TREE VOLUME 1 1970s 1981, but has managed to deliver an intimate biography of the time and place with attention to detail and insider knowledge so pitch perfect that I thought he had to have been a player on the scene I grew up in that time and place, and still this book is eye opening informative and just plain fun That it s done in a Marvel Comics style reminiscent of that era is an ideal fit for a st [...]

  22. Derek Royal

    I ve had this and have been meaning to read it for awhile, and I finally didcked into gear partly because we re reviewing the second volume on the podcast I really enjoyed this, and not being a fan of rap or hip hop culture, I found it very approachable and educational I wonder, though, about the different take aways readers will get, depending on their knowledge and awareness of hip hop There were a number of references I m assuming , that went past or fell flat with me, and which I would assum [...]

  23. La'Tonya Rease Miles

    Entertaining and educational but uneven Not to mention that the representation of Russell Simmons seems a little mean.

  24. Ryan

    This was a great book Excellent illustrations and a pretty in depth musical history I also appreciated the overall quality of the book including the presentation and paper it was written on

  25. Adam Calhoun

    Hip Hop Family Tree is a frustrating product This beautifully illustrated history of Hip Hop takes the reader from the very, very beginning of the scene through to the initial nationwide successes The problem is that there were a lot of people creatively involved and this graphic novel wants you to know about ALL OF THEM Instead of a history that will draw you in, at times this feels like reading a page listing event after event without taking the time to really follow a few characters for than [...]

  26. Bradley

    The inaugural volume of Piskor s graphic novel series chronicling the history and development of hip hop as a culture is lush, entertaining, and informative The first volume explores the early history of hip hop music with pioneers like DJ Kool Herc and the origins of the culture in the Bronx As figures like the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash continue to prove the economic and cultural vitality of hip hop through album sales and sold out emcee performances, the world starts paying attentio [...]

  27. Jazzmine Allen

    I find hip hop history really interesting, and this has really good reviews, so I was expecting to like it However, the author made some really unfortunate choices that made it impossible for me to enjoy this book It seems like he had about 4 template black people faces he swapped at random for the different people, with no regard for what they actually look like He also made the incredibly questionable choice to make black characters speak in exaggerated eubonics What is you doing wit den gaw b [...]

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