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Roy Christopher
Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future
Release Date
March 19, 2019

Press Release

In Dead Precedents , Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop — allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound — would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the groundbreaking work of DJs and MCs, alongside writers like Dick and Gibson, as well as graffiti and DIY culture, Dead Precedents is a counter-culture history of the twentieth century, showcasing hip-hop's role in the creation of the world we now live in.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roy Christopher is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in Communication from San Diego State University, and is the author of several books.


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