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WHEN THE BEAT WAS BORN: DJ KOOL HERC AND THE CREATION OF HIP HOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hill
Author's First Name: 
Laban Carrick
Illustrator's First Name: 
Theodore
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Taylor III
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2013

Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.

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Meeting Notes for December

Meeting Notes for December 20:

Positive Comments:
  • The book is good for young readers who need modern biographies.
  •  Vivid colors and the sense of the urban in the art will be attractive for viewers.
  • The author and the illustrator capture the time period with the language and the shape of the furniture, the size of the audio speakers.
  • This positive story is an excellent message for children to hear.
  • The backmatter is helpful because this music is an innovative American art form.
Observations:
  • Adults will enjoy learning about the music’s origins as well as the children.
Concerns:
  • Backmatter says that DJ Kool Herc was no longer performing in 1980 but does not include the reason why he stopped performing.