b-boys, b-girls, and
hip hop culture in new york
by joseph schloss
In the late 1970s and early 80s, B-Boying (mistakenly known as breakdancing) along with DJ'ing, rapping, and graffiti art, soared to national recognition and popularity. While the latter three have gone on to varying degrees of success and lasting impact, b-boying has largely been dismissed as just another I Love the '80s fad, along with the Rubik's Cube and Wham! Now, for the first time, the Hip-Hop staple, which has flourished in the underground scene for more than thirty years, receives some due credit.
In his new book FOUNDATION: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York author Joseph Schloss has researched the art of the b-boy, and the b-girl, from the ground level. Based on interviews with many significant figures in the dance's movement, Schloss examines the genre's afterlife in underground venues in New York and around the world. From African tradition to professional gymnastics; from the Incredible Bongo Band's 1973 dance hit "Apache" to the iconic martial artist Bruce Lee, FOUNDATION illustrates the unique history and influences of the b-boy, and b-girl, culture.
FOUNDATION: B-Boys, B-Girls, and Hip-Hop Culture in New York by Joseph Schloss : A paperback original, by Oxford University Press 2009 (oup.com)
$19.95 | 192 pages | ISBN: 9780195334067
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