English / USA

When the Beat was born.
DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

Hill, Laban Carrick (text)
Taylor, Theodore III (illus.)
New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2013. – [32] p.
ISBN 978-1-59643-540-7

Kool DJ Herc | Hip hop music | Biography | Non-fiction

Clive Campbell, better known as DJ Kool Herc, was crazy about music and dreamed of becoming a DJ ever since he was a little boy in Jamaica. After his family moved to New York, he started going to neighbourhood house parties and organised his first dance party in 1973. At his parties, he prolonged the instrumental breaks between song lyrics, chanted and toasted over the music like his Jamaican idols, and invited some friends to rap when he DJed, thus creating a new style of music, later called hip hop, that united even rivalling youth gangs.

In this picture book biography, award-winning author Laban Carrick Hill pays homage to a very influential figure and explains the ≫ingredients≪ that made him and his music so popular. The comic-book style illustrations in muted tones of mostly brown, green, and red by young illustrator Theodore Taylor III perfectly capture the tone of the story and the atmosphere of the 1970s hip hop scene. (Age: 8+)