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All Music Guide to Hip Hop (Amg All Media Guide) [Paperback]

Vladimir Bogdanov , Chris Woodstra , Stephen Thomas Erlewine , John Bush
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31 Oct 2003 Amg All Media Guide
A guide to the key recordings in the rap and hip-hop genres is comprised of informative reviews of top artists, biographies, essays, and "music maps" that trace the history of hip-hop from its urban soul origins to its emergence in mainstream culture. Original.

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  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (31 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307592
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the "All Music Guide series: "Delivers on the promise of every reference tool ... It makes you delirious with knowledge."

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great content but... 3 Dec 2009
By W. King
allmusic are pretty much the top source for getting a foot-in into any style of music from any country or time period, with their reviews being used as the basis from all kinds of things from the iTunes store to Spotify, and this book is almost certainly invaluable to anyone looking for an introduction or anyone who just wants to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. However, it seems like every single word of this book is taken from their frankly fantastic website. You can't argue with the content found here, but unless consulting websites for info is not already an everyday part of your life you might as well just browse the site for free.

This pretty much applies to all books in the allmusic guide range. For people who could just as easily use the website, maybe 'The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop' by Peter Shapiro would make a more worthwhile companion. I haven't read it, but it looks pretty much the same as this book and at least it's an alternative take on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real thing 11 Oct 2003
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This is the real kind of rap music, not just the kind you hear on the radio. This book goes into detail not just the mainstream artists of rap, but also underground favorites. It also rates each artists albums out of five stars. It provides a (usually)small biography on the artist as well as who he/her worked with in the past. The book also gives you a well rounded vision of hip-hop in general by showing you where all the different genres of rap originated, and what distinguishes them. Every time I go to buy an album I look it up here first. It is also very recent, going all the way up to the summer of 2003. Overall, well worth your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on good music 9 Oct 2010
By chewy - Published on
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I love love hip-hop so of course I love any book that does an A-Z of its artists. Is it comprehensive? Hell no. No book is. That's why they invented the internet search engines. But for something on your book shelf that includes most of the main (esp. golden era and post golden) acts of rap/hip-hop its in good. very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 Oct 2004
By Chris - Published on
This is one of the best music books I have ever purchased it has reviews on almost every hip hop album ever made for all the Youngsters of the rap game that have no education in hip hop buy this book at once and find something out on Kool DJ Herc-Grandwizard Theodore-Grandmaster Caz the originators if you dont know the Message you dont know rap-Good day
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nicely Put Together 5 Dec 2003
By Jelani Kimble - Published on
Just to reiterate what was mentioned earlier, this book goes nicely in depth, going back to originating artists as well as current mainstream as well as underground heavy hitters. I have alot of fun looking through this guide. Any big Hiphop fan should love this book. There were a few artists I felt should definitely have been included in the book, but were not. However, there was a good effort put into this book.
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