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1989, The Number

(BreakBeat Poets)

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For hip-hop heads 89 was the peak of the Golden Era and the Crack Epidemic.

1989, the number is an exploration of the year 1989 through politics, personal history and culture. This chapbook plays like a mixtape incorporating the hottest records and stories of 89 and reflecting their relevance for today.
Kindle Edition, 41 pages
Published April 2nd 2016 by Haymarket Books
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May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Adrienne Thompson
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking, nostalgic, and rhythmic, an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon. I am looking forward to reading more from these authors.

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Author of Poetry from the Soul (Volume 2)
Justlesa Hall
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I like to read poetry over and over and out loud to grasp everything. I finally read this for a third time and appreciate it more and more. Thankful for the pictures.
Rich Farrell
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicago, poetry, teen
This collection is short but hits hard. I’m a fan of both Coval and Marshall in general and really dig how they use line breaks to offer up new discoveries while reading.
chantel nouseforaname
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought it popped. It read like you were listening to someone just spit truths no rhyme sequence needed. It was colourful. 1989, the number stared at me and images roared through my head like I was flipping through channels on television with nothing but the news on.

It was fantastic! I wanna read more Nate Marshall!
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really think that Kevin Coval bothers me a bit, though I love YCA and LTAB and love Nate Marshall. I feel like too often, Coval's poetry and other output is about his relationship with hip hop without any sort of analysis of his relationship with hip hop as a white person. I felt uncomfortable when he released More Shit Chief Keef Don't Like at the height of drill. I don't know, as a white person who loves hip hop, I would be very careful about using the artistic output of a young Black musica ...more
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Kevin Coval is an award-winning poet & author of Everything Must Go: The Life & Death of an American Neighborhood, A People's History of Chicago & over ten other full-length collections, anthologies & chapbooks. He is the founding editor of The BreakBeat Poets series on Haymarket Books, & Artistic Director of the MacArthur Award-winning cultural organization, Young Chicago Authors, & founder of Lo ...more

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