Book launch

Of interest for all those of you who either know Patrick Turner – former lecturer at London Met – or like to know more about Hip Hop and Rap:

Launch of Patrick Turner’s new book, Hip Hop Versus Rap: The Politics of Droppin’ Knowledge, at Tone Coffee Shop, Willesden Green on Thurs 20th July 2017 from 7pm.

Hip Hop Versus Rap: The Politics of Droppin’ Knowledge is an ethnographic study of the cultural and racial politics of an activist UK hip hop culture that uses hip hop “off-street” in the civic spheres of education, spoken word poetry and theatre as a force for social betterment and artistic experimentation. Focusing on how the cultural activism of the “post hip hop” movement is framed around a discursive opposition between what is authentic and ethical in hip hop culture and what is counterfeit and corrupt, it shows that for many, the conscious path, ordained by hip hop’s functionally communicative nucleus as a black diaspora culture, has been blocked off by the recent global success of more generic and nihilistic forms of rap music.

Patrick Turner is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bath Spa University. He will be joined by Les Back, Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths University, and Darren Chetty, Co-Convener of UK #HipHopEd and Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, who will be responding to the book followed by a Q&A with the audience/guests.

Chris Beschi/Poet Curious Co-Convener of UK #HipHopEd will be hosting and spinning some tunes.

The finest food and drink will be available to purchase from Tone himself at North London’s premier Hip-Hop Cafe!

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