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Triksta : Life and Death and New Orleans Rap (05 Edition)by Cohn
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In Triksta, a masterful observer of movements that emerge from dark corners to become worldwide phenomena-early rock 'n' roll and Saturday Night Fever, to name but two -gives us a mesmerizing account of a city, its music, and a way of life that often embraces death.
Nik Cohn's love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through on tour with The Who and discovered a place whose magic has never failed to seize him. As a white, foreign-born writer without money or bling, he would seem the least likely rap impresario imaginable, yet he plunges into this violent and poverty-ravaged world as a would-be producer. His passionate involvement with the music and the people who make it leads him through a New Orleans-wards, clubs, and projects-hidden from anyone not born to it: a journey into the heart of the hip-hop dream. En route, he immerses us in lives we scarcely think about, and then only with ignorance and fear, lives at once desperate, heroic, and endlessly enterprising as these men and women driven by talent and passion struggle to survive. Cohn captures a music that's hugely popular but rarely understood, and with transcendent humanity he reveals this beloved city in all its tragic beauty.
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Acclaimed music writer Nik Cohns love of hip-hop goes back to its beginnings, and his love of New Orleans even further, to when he passed through the Big Easy on tour with The Who and discovered a place with a magic that never failed to seize him. On the surface hes the least likely candidate for a rap impresario. But with his signature charm and passion, he plunges headfirst into the wards, clubs, and projects of New Orleans, opening up a world closed to most outsiders: a journey into the heart of the hip-hop dream, and into larger question of racial identity in America. Written before Hurricane Katrina struck (and published here with an afterword that chronicles how Katrina altered the lives of those he met) Triksta now stands as an elegy to a city, its music, and its people.
Cohn captures a music that's hugely popular but rarely understood, and with transcendent humanity he reveals New Orleans in all its tragic beauty. The work is a mesmerizing account of a city, its music, and a way of life that often embraces death.
About the Author
Nik Cohn is the author of six previous books, as well as two collaborations with the artist Guy Peelaert. He was born in London, raised in Northern Ireland, and now lives on Shelter Island, New York.
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