When the Beat Was Born

DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

By Laban Carrick Hill; Theodore Taylor (Illustrator)
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435407, 32pp.)

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

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Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc.
On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks-the musical interludes between verses-longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is "When the Beat Was Born." From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

About the Author
Laban Carrick Hill is the author of "America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s", "Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance", which was a National Book Award finalist, and "Dave the Potter", a Caldecott Honor book, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

THEODORE TAYLOR (1921-2006), an award-winning author of many books for young people, was particularlyknown for fast-paced, exciting adventure novels. His books include the bestseller The Cay, Timothy of the Cay, The Bomb, Air Raid--Pearl Harbor!, Ice Drift, The Maldonado Miracle, and The Weirdo, an Edgar Award winner for Best Young Adult Mystery.
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