Typically at odds with the dominant and wholly square American zeitgeist, Leland paints his subject as a subterranean phenomenon.
HIP: The History
Whether that's Transcendentalists taking to the woods, the Lost Generation taking to Paris, or beatniks taking to "whoa baby c'mon," iconoclasm has always been the name of the game. Charlie Parker didn't just parrot jazz standards; he put wings on them suckers and sent them to the moon. Neither did cyber punks merely play Asteroids for days on end as they instead busied themselves with the task of transforming Neuromantic fiction into reality.
While Hip: The History may read like a cursory overview to those already well-schooled on the connections between Clarksdale, Miss.
Whimsically dissecting a Bugs Bunny of historical flesh for any evidence of an underlying method to its madness, the book reveals the practice of signifying as the ideal manifestation of the American situation. Every trickster worth his salt, from Tom Sawyer to Eminem, utilizes the converging differences between us to his advantage. It's the melting pot in action, with hip acting as the firebrand that keeps Hell's Kitchen bubbling with foresight.
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About this title Synopsis: Hip: The History is the story of how American pop culture has evolved throughout the twentieth century to its current position as world cultural touchstone.