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The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop Hardcover – 7 Dec 2010

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  • Hardcover: 660 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229298
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.3 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,223,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Pulitzer-level reporting."
-"Spin"
"A classic of music business dirt-digging as well as a kind of pulp epic."
-"Rolling Stone" (4-star review)
"As gripping and dense as a prime Jay-Z rhyme...Charnas has done a real service to pop history."
-"New York Daily News"
"Essential..."The Big Payback" focuses not on the beefs you know but on the back-room battles you don't."
-"Details"
"[An] exhaustive, engrossing history of the genre"
-"Entertainment Weekly"
"In a year that has seen plenty of hip-hop books, "The Big Payback" stands out as a must-read for any fan - or detractor - of the genre."
-"Forbes"
"The riveting dialogue culled from more than 300 interviews makes it seem as if Charnas was in the room for every deal that ever went down in hip-hop, and sometimes he was."
-"Austin Chronicle"
"Dan Charnas captures an epic story full of joy and pain, triumph and failure, grace and greed with the skills of a journalist, the wisdom of an insider, and the passion of a microphone fiend. Call "The Big Payback" a hip-hop version of David Halberstam's "The Reckoning.""
-Jeff Chang, author, "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation"
"With an insider's connections and an outsider's perspective, Dan Charnas has written the otherwise untold story of the business of hip-hop. His cast of characters -- producers, agents, label executives, talent scouts -- is every bit as compelling and dramatic as the musicians themselves. In the tradition of such great music journalists as Fred Goodman and Frederic Dannen, Charnas takes us way behind the scenes. It's an unforgettable odyssey."
-Samuel G. Freedman, "New York Times" columnist and author of "Upon This Rock, Who She Was," and "Jew vs. Jew"
""The Big Payback" is a stunning achievement. Not only does it manage to pack in countless unprecedented anecdotes about hip-hop that you can't find anywhere else, the read is effortlessly smooth. First there was David Toop's "Rap Attack, Ego-Trip's Book of Rap Lists," then Jeff Chang's "Can't Stop, Won't Stop," and now this book, the one ring that rules them all."
-Cheo H. Coker, co-screenwriter of "Notorious" and author of "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G."
"How did hip hop's shoot-from-the-lip outlaws and go-for-broke gamblers become the entertainment industry's new landed gentry? Dan Charnas brings a fan's devotion, an industry insider's savvy, and a reporter's unblinking eye to chronicling a cultural revolution that is as contradictory and complex as the country that produced it. "Payback" is a bitch."
-Fred Goodman, author of "Fortune's Fool" and "The Mansion on the Hill"

"Pulitzer-level reporting."
-Spin
"A classic of music business dirt-digging as well as a kind of pulp epic."
-Rolling Stone (4-star review)
"As gripping and dense as a prime Jay-Z rhyme...Charnas has done a real service to pop history."
-New York Daily News
"Essential...The Big Payback focuses not on the beefs you know but on the back-room battles you don't."
-Details
"[An] exhaustive, engrossing history of the genre"
-Entertainment Weekly
"In a year that has seen plenty of hip-hop books, The Big Payback stands out as a must-read for any fan - or detractor - of the genre."
-Forbes
"The riveting dialogue culled from more than 300 interviews makes it seem as if Charnas was in the room for every deal that ever went down in hip-hop, and sometimes he was."
-Austin Chronicle
"Dan Charnas captures an epic story full of joy and pain, triumph and failure, grace and greed with the skills of a journalist, the wisdom of an insider, and the passion of a microphone fiend. Call The Big Payback a hip-hop version of David Halberstam's The Reckoning."
-Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
"With an insider's connections and an outsider's perspective, Dan Charnas has written the otherwise untold story of the business of hip-hop. His cast of characters -- producers, agents, label executives, talent scouts -- is every bit as compelling and dramatic as the musicians themselves. In the tradition of such great music journalists as Fred Goodman and Frederic Dannen, Charnas takes us way behind the scenes. It's an unforgettable odyssey."
-Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Upon This Rock, Who She Was, and Jew vs. Jew
"The Big Payback is a stunning achievement. Not only does it manage to pack in countless unprecedented anecdotes about hip-hop that you can't find anywhere else, the read is effortlessly smooth. First there was David Toop's Rap Attack, Ego-Trip's Book of Rap Lists, then Jeff Chang's Can't Stop, Won't Stop, and now this book, the one ring that rules them all."
-Cheo H. Coker, co-screenwriter of Notorious and author of Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
"How did hip hop's shoot-from-the-lip outlaws and go-for-broke gamblers become the entertainment industry's new landed gentry? Dan Charnas brings a fan's devotion, an industry insider's savvy, and a reporter's unblinking eye to chronicling a cultural revolution that is as contradictory and complex as the country that produced it. Payback is a bitch."
-Fred Goodman, author of Fortune's Fool and The Mansion on the Hill

Pulitzer-level reporting. Spin
A classic of music business dirt-digging as well as a kind of pulp epic. Rolling Stone (4-star review)
As gripping and dense as a prime Jay-Z rhyme...Charnas has done a real service to pop history. New York Daily News
Detailed and colorful a must-read for fans of the music industry. Los Angeles Times

The rap tome you have to read...The Big Payback focuses not on the beefs you know but on the back-room battles you don t. Details
[An] exhaustive, engrossing history of the genre. Entertainment Weekly
In a year that has seen plenty of hip-hop books, The Big Payback stands out as a must-read for any fan or detractor of the genre. Forbes
One of the juiciest, flat-out most enjoyable books I ve read in a long time. The Atlantic

Epic. The Village Voice
[A] stylish, lavishly detailed love letter to the genre and industry...Charnas makes an elegant case for how hip-hop is the consummate art form. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The riveting dialogue culled from more than 300 interviews makes it seem as if Charnas was in the room for every deal that ever went down in hip-hop, and sometimes he was. Austin Chronicle
Dan Charnas captures an epic story full of joy and pain, triumph and failure, grace and greed with the skills of a journalist, the wisdom of an insider, and the passion of a microphone fiend. Call The Big Payback a hip-hop version of David Halberstam's The Reckoning. Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
With an insider's connections and an outsider's perspective, Dan Charnas has written the otherwise untold story of the business of hip-hop. His cast of characters producers, agents, label executives, talent scouts is every bit as compelling and dramatic as the musicians themselves. Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Upon This Rock, Who She Was, and Jew vs. Jew
The Big Payback is a stunning achievement. Not only does it manage to pack in countless unprecedented anecdotes about hip-hop that you can't find anywhere else, the read is effortlessly smooth. Cheo H. Coker, co-screenwriter of Notorious and author of Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
Dan Charnas brings a fan's devotion, an industry insider's savvy, and a reporter's unblinking eye to chronicling a cultural revolution that is as contradictory and complex as the country that produced it. Payback is a bitch. Fred Goodman, author of Fortune's Fool and The Mansion on the Hill"

"Pulitzer-level reporting."--Spin
"A classic of music business dirt-digging as well as a kind of pulp epic."--Rolling Stone (4-star review)
"As gripping and dense as a prime Jay-Z rhyme...Charnas has done a real service to pop history."--New York Daily News
"Detailed and colorful...a must-read for fans of the music industry."--Los Angeles Times

"The rap tome you have to read...The Big Payback focuses not on the beefs you know but on the back-room battles you don't."--Details
"[An] exhaustive, engrossing history of the genre."--Entertainment Weekly
"In a year that has seen plenty of hip-hop books, The Big Payback stands out as a must-read for any fan--or detractor--of the genre."--Forbes
"One of the juiciest, flat-out most enjoyable books I've read in a long time."--The Atlantic

"Epic."--The Village Voice
"[A] stylish, lavishly detailed love letter to the genre and industry...Charnas makes an elegant case for how hip-hop is the consummate art form."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The riveting dialogue culled from more than 300 interviews makes it seem as if Charnas was in the room for every deal that ever went down in hip-hop, and sometimes he was."--Austin Chronicle
"Dan Charnas captures an epic story full of joy and pain, triumph and failure, grace and greed with the skills of a journalist, the wisdom of an insider, and the passion of a microphone fiend. Call The Big Payback a hip-hop version of David Halberstam's The Reckoning."--Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
"With an insider's connections and an outsider's perspective, Dan Charnas has written the otherwise untold story of the business of hip-hop. His cast of characters--producers, agents, label executives, talent scouts--is every bit as compelling and dramatic as the musicians themselves."--Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Upon This Rock, Who She Was, and Jew vs. Jew
"The Big Payback is a stunning achievement. Not only does it manage to pack in countless unprecedented anecdotes about hip-hop that you can't find anywhere else, the read is effortlessly smooth."--Cheo H. Coker, co-screenwriter of Notorious and author of Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
"Dan Charnas brings a fan's devotion, an industry insider's savvy, and a reporter's unblinking eye to chronicling a cultural revolution that is as contradictory and complex as the country that produced it. Payback is a bitch."--Fred Goodman, author of Fortune's Fool and The Mansion on the Hill

-Pulitzer-level reporting.---Spin
-A classic of music business dirt-digging as well as a kind of pulp epic.---Rolling Stone (4-star review)
-As gripping and dense as a prime Jay-Z rhyme...Charnas has done a real service to pop history.---New York Daily News
-Detailed and colorful...a must-read for fans of the music industry.---Los Angeles Times

-The rap tome you have to read...The Big Payback focuses not on the beefs you know but on the back-room battles you don't.---Details
-[An] exhaustive, engrossing history of the genre.---Entertainment Weekly
-In a year that has seen plenty of hip-hop books, The Big Payback stands out as a must-read for any fan--or detractor--of the genre.---Forbes
-One of the juiciest, flat-out most enjoyable books I've read in a long time.---The Atlantic

-Epic.---The Village Voice
-[A] stylish, lavishly detailed love letter to the genre and industry...Charnas makes an elegant case for how hip-hop is the consummate art form.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

-The riveting dialogue culled from more than 300 interviews makes it seem as if Charnas was in the room for every deal that ever went down in hip-hop, and sometimes he was.---Austin Chronicle
-Dan Charnas captures an epic story full of joy and pain, triumph and failure, grace and greed with the skills of a journalist, the wisdom of an insider, and the passion of a microphone fiend. Call The Big Payback a hip-hop version of David Halberstam's The Reckoning.---Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
-With an insider's connections and an outsider's perspective, Dan Charnas has written the otherwise untold story of the business of hip-hop. His cast of characters--producers, agents, label executives, talent scouts--is every bit as compelling and dramatic as the musicians themselves.---Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of Upon This Rock, Who She Was, and Jew vs. Jew
-The Big Payback is a stunning achievement. Not only does it manage to pack in countless unprecedented anecdotes about hip-hop that you can't find anywhere else, the read is effortlessly smooth.---Cheo H. Coker, co-screenwriter of Notorious and author of Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.
-Dan Charnas brings a fan's devotion, an industry insider's savvy, and a reporter's unblinking eye to chronicling a cultural revolution that is as contradictory and complex as the country that produced it. Payback is a bitch.---Fred Goodman, author of Fortune's Fool and The Mansion on the Hill --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dan Charnas, a veteran of the hip-hop music business, began his career scouting talent and promoting records for seminal rap label Profile Records and for Rick Rubin's Def American Recordings. He penned some of the first cover stories for The Source magazine and was part of a generation of young writers who helped create hip-hop journalism. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Press, and the Village Voice. He also worked as a segment producer for MTV's The Lyricist Lounge Show. Charnas holds a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and was awarded a Pulitzer fellowship. He was born and lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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