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The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash by Grandmaster Flash
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Library Journal Review:

Grandmaster Flash is best known in conjunction with the Furious Five, the first hip- hop artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but before the fame, Joseph Robert Saddler was born into an abusive family in the Bronx. His evolution from an obscure kid spinning records in the streets to hip-hop stardom is an inspiring story filled with heartbreak, determination, and perseverance. Famous for pioneering a new style of deejaying, in which the record itself became an instrument for manipulation, Grandmaster Flash formulated his technique from a bricolage of technical skill, his chaotic surroundings, and the obscure vinyl records he unearthed at second-hand shops.
This style of deejaying, known as “break-beat,” served as the soundtrack for break dancers and rappers alike in the early days of hip-hop. Teaming up with the verbal stylings of the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash scaled the ladder of success, lost everything, and managed to resurface while influencing a new generation of artists. This memoir reinforces the idea that hip-hop came from and continues to spin around the DJ. Recommended for public libraries. – Joshua Finnell, McNeese State Univ. Lib., Lake Charles, LA

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