By Jeff Chang
Based on unique interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang individuals, with unforgettable pix of lots of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, together with DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice dice, Can't cease will not Stop chronicles the occasions, the tips, the tune, and the artwork that marked the hip-hop generation's upward thrust from the ashes of the 60's into the recent millennium. here's a strong cultural and social historical past of the tip of the yankee century, and a provocative investigate the hot global that the hip-hop iteration created.
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So why shouldn’t paintings be all-city? —Charlie Ahearn To uptown childrens like loopy Legs and DOZE, their tradition was once easily what it used to be. It didn’t desire exterior validation. It even thrived with competition. It wanted not anything yet its personal codes, its personal authority. yet downtown, folks have been starting to see anything massive in it. “It used to be a highschool early life culture,” says Charlie Ahearn, an East Village filmmaker who used to be venturing to the Bronx to absorb the recent strength. “And to me, it used to be a thorough avant-garde tradition. ” The adolescence pursuits appeared to seem like a unmarried tradition, simply as Afrika Bambaataa had predicted years prior to with Zulu state, an expression of a brand new iteration of outcast youths whose worldview felt real, unique, and releasing. this primary wave of downtowners—white child boomer outsiders, younger white bohemian dropouts, white artwork rebels, Black post-jazzsters—were enthralled. They have been the earliest adopters, those who positioned themselves closest to the hearth, and they'd be vital in bringing hip-hop to the area. Boomer Outsiders Soft-spoken sculptor named Henry Chalfant had come of age through the stifling fifties in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, a tiny white-picket fence city north of rusting Pittsburgh. His father ran the family’s steel-pipe production company. His mom had helped came across a private-care establishment for handicapped kids. within the Allegheny Valley, Chalfant’s very identify evoked aristocracy and connection. His great-great grandfather, the area’s pioneering Henry, was once an inkeeper and owner so liked city east of Pittsburgh were named for him in 1914. however the more youthful Henry felt alienated within the land of his ancestors. “We used to argue over whose relatives was once poorer whereas being pushed to varsity by way of the chauffeur,” he says. “I was once certainly unsatisfied the place I grew up, which used to be very privileged, very white, very hide-bound, rule-bound, and particularly empty. “So you know,” he chuckles, “I drove fast—hot rods, bikes. usually i used to be a threat in that means. ” whilst he graduated, he sped towards the California sundown, the place he enrolled at Stanford in 1958. He majored in classical Greek, immersed himself in artwork and have become a sculptor, and while Berkeley scholars closed the McCarthy period with their loose Speech move and antiwar demonstrations, he was once drawn into that in addition. In 1967, he left the Bay sector for Europe together with his spouse, the actress Kathleen Chalfant, to take in paintings and sculpture in Barcelona and Rome. yet on widespread visits again to long island urban, he turned intoxicated by way of the colourful, complicated graffiti at the aspects of the subway automobiles. those weren’t Pompeii scrawls within the dustbins of heritage. They have been alive, mysterious, eye-catching, harmful. In 1973, he and Kathleen moved to ny completely, and he started to photo the tags. “What instantly peaked my curiosity used to be seeing what looked to be these types of rebellious young children. What i stopped up doing was once dwelling it to the hilt the second one time through—not my very own youth, yet vicariously via those writers,” he says.