Signifying Rappers by David Foster Wallace audiobook

Signifying Rappers

By David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello
Read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Book Group 9780316225830
5.70 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $34.98

    ISBN: 9781478951193

Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared “an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop.” The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan’s challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised? Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends.

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Summary

Summary

Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared “an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop.” The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan’s challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised? Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Two educated white guys do the right thing by scoping out ‘The Meaning of Rap’ without pretending to know everything about it...Signifying Rappers is both a cogent explication of rap and a cutting, revealing parody of overinflated pseudointellectual rap criticism.” Seattle Weekly
“We get a vivid picture of rap’s real-life context in an area of poverty, drugs, and various types of radical activity, an environment closed to upscale whites by the barriers of fear and oppression.” Publishers Weekly

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Details

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.70
Audience: Adult
Language: English