Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1975-1981

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Fantagraphics Books
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9.17 X 13.05 X 0.49 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author
Ed Piskor (1982-2024) was the New York Times bestselling creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design as well as the co-conspirator behind the YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe.
He's not just doin' a comic book, he's doin' a piece of history.--Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Captures the personalities, imagery and milestones with a hilarity and efficiency that no other medium could.-- "Billboard"
Gripping.-- "NPR"
When cartoonist Ed Piskor decided to unspool the labyrinth history of one of America's greatest artistic accomplishments, he spared no effort to immerse his readers in the era of jump suits and scarred vinyl. Everything in Hip Hop Family Tree screams nostalgia: the Ben-Day dots, the sepia discoloration...even the print feels course and pulpy, like a priceless cultural artifact unearthed in a garage sale or your dad's basement. Flipping through the oversized pages, you can almost hear the slap bass, horn swells, and ricocheting rhymes of hip-hop's inaugural years.--Sean Edgar "Paste"
Action-packed, fun and funny.-- "Seattle Times"
An avid lover of hip-hop music and superhero comic books from a young age, Ed Piskor has combined his two passions to create a remarkable reading experience ... Hip Hop Family Tree imagines real-world events through the filter of 1980s Marvel Comics, bringing hip-hop visionaries to the page in a style that exaggerates their energy and style to capture the intensity of the music without having the beats.-- "The A.V. Club"
One of the defining histories of hip hop... Ed created a portal into the beginning of hip hop, and just saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is a poor way of explaining why its impact is greater than that of a detailed book.--Daniel Genis "The Daily Beast"
The amount of research and history Piskor packs into this book is mind boggling.-- "The Huffington Post"
These stories are carefully researched and detailed along with great comic book style art...-- "The Source"
An astonishing feat of cultural archaeology, in both ambition and execution. The project somehow doesn't seem quite real: a comic-book history of hip-hop going back to the very beginning -- the late 70s -- where lore is thick and documentation scarce. To tell this story in any language would be a challenge; to tell it in the language of comics feels like a magical summoning.--Lary Wallace "Vice"
This is the comic of all time.--Biz Markie
Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!--De La Soul
Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water.--Fab Five Freddy
A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above.--Alex di Campi "12th Dimension"
These are dookie-gold-chain d-o-p-e.--Darcy MacDonald "CultMTL"
Even if you are not a fan of hip hop or rap per se, one cannot deny its pervasive influence on the world at large. If nothing else, this first volume, covering the years 1975 through 1981, demonstrates the nonstop merging of style and culture that is part and particle of the American experience.--Gregg Reese "Our Weekly"
Extraordinary effort. Even if you are not a hip-hop fan, you need to read this.--Jatin Varma "The Economic Times"
[A] rapid-fire telling of the early days of rap and hip hop culture... There's a lot to learn even if you think you've heard it all.--Gene Ambaum "Unshelved"