To the Beat, Y'all: A Cultural Prehistory of Rap and Hip-Hop
Hip-hop is the most popular musical genre on the face of the planet. Seven of last year's top ten albums were hip-hop; in fact, hip-hop accounted for more than a fourth of all music purchased in the United States last year. But how did a strange, underground genre which combined poetry and rhythm move from house parties in the Bronx of the 1970s to the world domination today? In this presentation, culture writer Arn McConnell takes a look at how America became ready for hip-hop. Find out how Muhammad Ali, violent slave rebellions, hillbillies, crayons, avant-garde jazz, minstrelsy, tap dancing, German new wave, vinyl records and Karlheinz Stockhausen all fit in to the prehistory of rap and hip-hop!
About the Presenter:
Craven Lovelace is the creator, writer and director of NOTES, a short-form podcast about the history of popular music.
In another life, Craven has been a television producer, actor, news reporter, courtroom artist, editor for MTV's Beavis and Butthead and an award-winning animator. With Todd Rutt, he co-directed the low-budget sclock masterpiece, Shock! Shock! Shock! (Rhino Home Video), which marked actor James Gandolfini's first film appearance.
He is a winner of several Colorado Broadcasters Awards and Colorado Press Association Awards.
- Wednesday, May 23, 2018
- 6:00pm - 7:00pm
- Central Library Mesa Room, Central Library Monument Room
- Central Library