Kool Herc and Coke La Rock threw the first hip hop party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx on August 11, 1973. Their movement grew steadily throughout the Bronx and the rest of New York City, but wasn't documented in print until author Steven Hager traveled to the South Bronx and began interviewing the pioneers. His first story (Afrika Bambaataa's Hip Hop) was published in the Village Voice on September 21, 1982. Hager went on to write the first comprehensive history of the origins of hip hop, originally published by St. Martins' Press. That book went through several printings but eventually disappeared from the book stores long before hip hop took off as the dominant culture of our time. Before long, original copies of the book were selling for upwards of $500. The text of the original book, along with exclusive interviews with some of the original stars of hip hop, has now been published as an ebook on www.smashwords.com. This is an opportunity to learn about the first generation of hip hop for the incredible low price of $2.99.
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Over the next few years, I will be presenting my greatest hits in all forms of media. I've been working as a journalist, musican, writer and filmmaker for over forty years. This retrospective mission begins with the re-publication of my first book, Hip Hop.