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By Sujatha Fernandes

"Fernandes brilliantly captures the instant while an international new release curved towards a unifying language and tradition and located whatever that used to be either even more and masses under what it used to be looking for. "Close to the Edge" is a fantastically instructed story of the collective and the private, the cultural and political a vintage of hip hop writing and a poignant tribute to city youth." Jeff Chang, writer of "Can't cease Won't cease: A background of the Hip Hop new release "
At its rhythmic, beating center, "Close to the Edge" asks even if hip hop can switch the realm.
Hip hop rapping, beat-making, b-boying, deejaying, graffiti captured the mind's eye of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes within the Eighties, inspiring her and politicizing her alongside the best way. Years later, armed with mc-ing abilities and an urge to immerse herself in international hip hop, she embarks on a trip into road tradition all over the world. From the south part of Chicago to the barrios of Caracas and Havana and the sprawling outer edge of Sydney, she grapples with questions of world voices and native opinions, and the fad that underlies either.
An engrossing learn and a thrilling travelogue, this punchy booklet additionally asks tough questions about dispossession, racism, poverty and the search for swap via a microphone.

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I t was the appropriate instrument of an age of machinery, a n d mechanical invention rapidly increased its powers. I t appealed to the megalomania of certain types of genius, as well as to the philosophical worshipper of the infinite. It appealed to the plain m a n by its discipline, by its presentation of a n u m b e r of nameless individuals doing the same thing at the same moment, a n d in later days—now, perhaps, more then ever before—by the sight of this huge force controlled a n d directed by the apparent inspiration of the virtuoso conductor.

T h e lurking fear which besets us is perhaps that if we abandoned ourselves to the artistic adventure of modern music we might find, not merely that we did not particularly enjoy it, but that somehow it has m a d e it impossible for us to go back whole-heartedly to the music of our youth. It is impossible. Everybody has to ask himself the question and answer it for himself honestly—am I ready and keen to face fresh intellectual adventures? As age increases, increasing vanity has to be taken into account.

W e m a y reasonably say that people who are the prey of their unwilling associations, unable to view a work of art with detachment, do not deserve to experience artistic enjoyment; b u t at the same time we should do well to admit frankly that music which cannot survive momentary degradation (and all things connected with music are and must be merely momentary) is not worth preserving and reproducing. W h e n we consider the innermost nature of music it is surprising that any of it should survive for more than a generation.

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