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Foundation B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York

ISBN-10: 019533406X
ISBN-13: 9780195334067
Edition: 2008
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Introduction
Getting Your Foundation: Pedagogy
B-Boy Text: Aesthetics
Crews
I hate b-boys - that's why I break: Battling
Like old folk songs handed down from generation to generation: history, canon, and community in B-boy culture
If Breaking came out of Uprock, then Hip-Hop didn't start in the Bronx: B-boy History
Conclusion

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