Yes, that was really worth the exclamation point. See, ever since I graduated from university, I've found myself allergic to books. I read so many of the damn things that I just kind of...went off them. Can't read 'em anymore. Comic books, yes, but book books? Urgh.
So reading one, let alone finishing one, was a big deal for me. Yet finish one I did: it's called Can't Stop, Won't Stop by Jeff Chang. It's a story of the history of hip-hop, but it focuses on the cultural elements around the world that gave birth to its influences, and then the movement itself.
I never knew just how awful parts of NYC were in the 70s. Ridiculously interesting stuff.
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