Readings and Viewings

Date Topic Readings/Viewings (to be completed before class) Supplemental Viewings In-Class Screenings Due
06/22/15

Introduction, Review of Syllabus, and Discussion

TBD none
06/23/15

Hip Hop Culture, Subcultures, and the Cultural Industries

*Read: Rose, Tricia. 1994.“All Aboard the Night Train”: Flow, Layering, and Rupture in postindustrial New York.” In Black noise: Rap music and black culture in contemporary America, 21-61. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England.*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, DJ Kool Herc Spawns A New Culture.*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Blackout of 1977.

The Hip Hop YearsClose to the Edge (PT 1)

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06/24/15

Hip Hop and Socio-Economics

*Read: Chang, Jeff. 2005. “Necropolis: The Bronx and the Politics of Abandonment.” In Can’t stop won’t stop: A history of the hip-hop generation, 7-19. New York: St. Martin’s Press.*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, Kool Herc Is Out, Grandmaster Flash Is In*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Brothers Disco and The Mighty Mighty Sasquatch 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s (1979, A documentary on the Savage Nomads and Savage Skulls gangs in the 1970s South Bronx, Dir. by Gary Weis)

Flyin’ Cut Sleeves

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06/25/15

Hip Hop and Socio-Economics Cont’d

*Read: Chang, Jeff. 2005. “Blood and Fire, with Occasional Music: The Gangs of the Bronx.” In Can’t stop won’t stop: A history of the hip-hop generation, 41-64. New York: St. Martin’s Press.*Listen to this “On Location” about the controversy surrounding the film Fort Apache, The Bronx.*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Origin Of “Hip Hop”, And A Tale From Hollis, Queens*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, Early Hip Hop Entrepreneurs*Read this awesome making-of The Warriors
*Read this interview with David Patrick Kelly aka “Luther” from The Warriors

*Read this interview with David Holden, the editor of The Warriors

The Warriors

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06/29/15

Elements of Hip Hop

*Read this book chapter: Thornton, Sarah. 2005. “The Social Logic of Subcultural Capital [1995].” In The Subcultures Reader, 2nd ed., ed. Ken Gelder, 184-192. New York: Routledge.*Read this interview with Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style

*Read this Oral History of Wild Style

*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Art Scene, Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy Meets Charlie Ahearn

*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, Blondie Rapture, Furious 5 vs. Crash Crew

Wild Style

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06/30/15

The Graffiti Subculture

*Read this book chapter: Hebdige, Dick. 2005. “Subculture: The Meaning of Style [1979].” In The Subcultures Reader, 2nd ed., ed. Ken Gelder, 130-141. New York: Routledge.*Read this book chapter: Macdonald, Nancy. 2003. “Going Underground: A Journey into the Graffiti Subculture.” In The graffiti subculture: Youth, masculinity and identity in London and New York, 63-93. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.*Read this 4 part interview with Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver about makingStyle Wars: PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, and PART 4 *Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The “L” Brothers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5,The Funky 4 Plus 1*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, Kool Moe, Spoonie Gee, and the Treacherous 3 Bomb It

Style Wars

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07/01/15

The Graffiti Subculture Cont’d

*Read this book chapter: Castleman, Craig. 2004. “The Politics of Graffiti.” In That’s the joint!: The hip-hop studies reader., eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, 21-29. New York and London: Routledge.*Read this book excerpt: Wimsatt, William Upski. 2008. “Dear Kozak: The Rule of Graffiti.” In Bomb the suburbs: Graffiti, race, freight hopping and the search for hip-hop’s moral center. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press.*Listen to this short podcast on the graffiti video game, Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure*Read this interview with ADAM BHALA LOUGH, director of Bomb the System*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, Mr. Magic on WHBI

*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Race To Make The First Rap Records Begins

Gimme the Loot or Bomb the System

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07/02/15

Rappers, Rapping and Emceeing

*Read this short book chapter: Blair, M. Elizabeth. 2004. “Commercialization of the Rap Music Youth Subculture.” In That’s the joint!: The hip-hop studies reader., eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, 497-504. New York and London: Routledge.*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, 10 Years Before Yo! MTV Raps, A Major Crew Breaks Up*Read this comic strip: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Sugarhill Gang

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme

1-page proposal for final project
07/06/15

B-Boyin’, B-Girlin’, and Breaksploitation

*Read this book chapter: Pabon, Fabel. 2006. “Physical Graffiti: The History of Hip-Hop Dance.” In Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, ed. Jeff Chang, 18-26. New York: BasicCivitas .*Read this book chapter: Banes, Sally. 2004. “Breaking.” In That’s the joint!: The hip-hop studies reader., eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, 13-20. New York and London: Routledge. Planet B-Boy

The Freshest Kids

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07/07/15

B-Boyin’, B-Girlin’, and Breaksploitation Cont’d

*Hazzard-Donald, Katrina. 2004. “Dance In Hip Hop Culture.” In That’s the joint!: The hip-hop studies reader., eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, 505-516. New York and London: Routledge.*Read this short NPR article on B-boy/B-girl culture and commercialization from 1984. “Hip Hop Hooray: Breaking into the Big Time” by Mandalit del Barco

Beat Street and scenes from the Breakin’ franchise

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07/08/15

Industry, Politricks and Parody

*Read this chapter: Charnas, Dan. 2010. “The Beat Box: Def Jam Fosters a Revolution in Hip-Hop Art and Commerce.” In The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop, 123-171. New York: New American Library.*Listen to this 1-hour podcast: The Story of DEF JAM records – An Oral History*Read this article: Def Jam changed music business, still a power at 25*Read through these: Krush Groove: Where are they now?*Read this comic: Hip Hop Family Tree, Russell Simmons and Kurtis Blow Tour The World*Read this comic: Hip Hop Family Tree, Rick Rubin, and the first gold record

Krush Groove and clips from Fly by Night

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07/09/15 Exam (Will cover materials 6/22-7/7) Study Study Study Exam
07/13/15

Industry, Politricks and Parody Cont’d

*Read this journal article: McLeod, Kembrew. 1999. Authenticity within hip-hop and other cultures threatened with assimilation. Journal of Communication 49, no. 3: 134-150.*Read through these 25 Slides: The Big Payback Presents: The 25 Biggest Business Moves in Hip-Hop History by Dan Charnas Tougher than Leather (1985, a film directed by Rick Rubin in “response” the the commercial concessions made years earlier in Krush Groove)

Fear of a Black Hat

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07/14/15 Final Project Final Project
07/15/15 Final Project Final Project
07/16/15 Final Project Final Project

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