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Hip Hop Samples

A Historical Anthology (Revised Edition)
Edited by Glen Garrett

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-935551-70-6, 330 pages


This book tells the story of hip hop and its controversial past through a variety of sources. The first topic examined is why this discussion is important. Simply stated, the controversies that embroil the discussion of hip hop and its role in representing a generation can no longer be ignored. Hip hop is destined to be a permanent part of our cultural landscape. Even if it is eventually replaced by something new or its popularity wanes, its story and legacy will always hold valuable lessons.

Like a hip hop rhythm track is compiled of short samples of hooks and beats from other records, this history is a compilation or anthology of writing extracted from other books and periodicals. The result is that we are privileged to hear about the subject from some of its most respected voices, and from varied points of view. The chapters are arranged more or less chronologically and give a relatively comprehensive history of hip hop and its roots. The volume is also valuable as a study in different writing styles, or as a springboard to discussion and research about many socio-political problems.


Glen Garrett has a bachelor's degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Utah and a master's degree in Woodwind Performance from California State University, Northridge. He has been an active freelance studio musician in the Los Angeles area for over 25 years. He has recorded and performed on innumerable television and movie scores, records, jingles, and CDs. He has also recorded and/or performed with many big-name artists in jazz, pop, country, and rock. Mr. Garrett has been a lecturer at California State University, Northridge, for over 30 years, teaching popular courses in jazz history, rock, pop, and now hip hop.