Hip Hop Family Tree

Hip Hop Family Tree

1, 1970s-1981

Book - 2015
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Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, The Hip Hop Family Tree is an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop capturing the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Fantagraphics Books Inc,, 2015
Edition: Fourth Fantagraphics Books edition, Fantagraphics treasury edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781606996904
Branch Call Number: Y 782.421649 P675h1 2015
Characteristics: 112 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 34 cm


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multcolib_rossb Jul 19, 2015

This comic book history of early NY hip hop is printed on big, newsprint-style pages, with fantastic Jack Kirby-esque art. Funny, informative, awesome.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

You sometimes hear people talk about preferring the feeling of holding a book to reading electronically. Well, Hip Hop Family Tree was made to be read in book form. Piskor's drawing style is gloriously detailed and reappropriates Robert Crumb's visuals in the same way that his subjects mix and match different drumbeats from artists such as James Brown to create something wholly new. Even the paper's look and feel seems to suggest that the volume is some lost gem from the Seventies.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hip_hop_family_tree_piskor

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Piskor's passion for his subject is exhilarating and contagious as he highlights two of the least respected artistic mediums, comics and hip-hop, showing how both of them are great.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hip_hop_family_tree_2_piskor

Mar 19, 2014

Another book to check out that I just read today is "When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop" by Laban Carrick Hill/illustrated by Theodore Taylor III. Done as a picture book, this too is nice look at the history of hip hop and a snapshot of the early days. Includes an author's note filled with a timeline and a hip hop select biography of books, movies and websites.

Mar 19, 2014

Amazing history of hip hop done in the graphic novel format. Turns out to be the perfect vehicle for such a vibrant culture. Double bonus for the oversized 70s comic look of the book.

Check the blog it originated from here:

nowayman007 Feb 28, 2014

How do I get a copy of this book? It looks great!

multcolib_rachaels Feb 28, 2014

Piskor's 1970s-style art fits the subject wonderfully, and this book is accurate (as far as I can tell) and hugely fun. His portrayal of Russell Simmons made me smile every time.


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