Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York

byJoseph Schloss

Paperback | March 2, 2009

Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York by Joseph Schloss
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Based on interviews with many of the dance's most significant figures as well as on four years of on-the-ground research in New York City, Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York offers the first serious study of b-boying--commonly known as "breakdancing"--the pre-eminent form of hip-hop dance. While breakdancing is often dismissed as a fad that died in the eighties, Joseph Schloss explains that the dance's true form--known as b-boying--lives on in underground venues around the globe. This almost four-decade-old dance of the African Diaspora boasts a complex set of aesthetic principles, a fiercely competitive attitude, a unique and powerful musical repertoire, and a profound sense of its own history. Schloss, who learned to b-boy as part of the research for this book, presents an inside look at a dance that counts seventies gang culture, African religious tradition, professional gymnastics, and Black vaudeville among its major influences. Featuring chapters on music, pedagogy, aesthetics, space, battling, and history, Foundation explores a dance form that is at once aggressive and spiritual, raw and sophisticated, viscerally exciting and deeply introspective.
Joseph Schloss is Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at New York University. He is the author of Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop, which won the 2005 Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. His writing has appeared in URB, Vibe, The Seattle Weekly, The Flavor, an...
Title:Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New YorkFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 9 X 6.1 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 9 X 6.1 X 0.6 inPublished:March 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019533406X

ISBN - 13:9780195334067

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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