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Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation

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At its rhythmic, beating heart, Close to the Edge asks whether hip hop can change the world. Hip hop—rapping, beat-making,b-boying, deejaying, graffiti—captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the 1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way. Years later, armed with mc-ing skills and an urge to immerse herself in global hip hop, she embarks o ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by Verso (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 05, 2015 Catherine rated it liked it
Enjoyed this- an interesting window into some of the hip hop scenes in Havana, Caracas, Chicago and Sydney.
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Sujatha Fernandes, AM'00, PhD'03

From our pages (Nov–Dec/11): "Part memoir, part academic study, Sujatha Fernandes's book covers youth street-culture movements from Sydney to Havana to Chicago. She works to understand the global hip-hop scene—including rapping, deejaying, beat making, and graffiti—the art incited by anger toward dispossession, racism, and poverty."
Dec 24, 2013 Esther rated it it was ok
described as "part memoir", but might wanna rejig that to 85-90% memoir. Didn't really get anything from it as it was all me, my and I. and there was a lot about how the author-cum-rapper was Indian-Australian-Portuguese, so where did she fit in etc etc...
Oct 06, 2011 Mclaughlin175 is currently reading it
Just got this in the mail this week. I'm really excited for it, both for content and to see how Fernandes writes for a non-academic press. Verso looks like it offers some good stuff.
Very into it as a reflection and travelogue. Academically, maybe I wanted a little more.
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