When the Beat Was Born

by Laban Carrick Hill illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
  • Item #81V2 in Voices Voices
    • Grades: 2 - 5
    • Ages: 7 - 10
    • Format: Paperback Book
      Paperback Book
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This lively picture book biography is all about DJ Kool Herc—the man who made hip hop happen!

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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, this 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.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 2 - 5
    • Ages: 7 - 10
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 9" x 9"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-19318-3