Bookshelf: "When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop"

  • "When the Beat Was Born" is written by Laban Carrick Hill and graphically illustrated by Theodore Taylor III.<p class='dotPhoto'>All Chico E-R photos are available <a href=''>here</a>.</p>



Children love music. They dance, they sing, they make music with kitchen utensils. They are uninhibited enough to create their own rhythm, their own rhymes, their own reasons for being musical. Some children never lose this. Little Clive was one of those kids. Little Clive grew up to be DJ Cool Herc. He created a musical genre that spoke to his rhythms, his rhymes and his reasons. He created Hip Hop.

Laban Carrick Hill has perfectly captured the fascinating story of how little Clive created a new era in musical history with his book “When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.” Hip Hop started as a seed in the agile mind of a young boy growing up in Kingson, Jamaica. It blossomed in America in a housing project in the Bronx. DJ Kool Herc catapulted the energy of a generation of dancers, poets and artists into the mainstream when he started “playing the breaks” and calling out the names of his friends (rapping) during his enormously popular house parties. This is a non-fiction book for all ages.

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