PRLog (Press Release)
- Feb. 2, 2012 -
Original hip hop historian, Steven Hager, the first journalist to put the words "hip hop" into print, was looking for a way to get his original hip hop history (long out-of-print, with copies selling for up to $500) online as an ebook. He soon discovered smashwords.com makes that task as easy as copy-and-paste. It was so easy, in fact, that Hager kept creating an ebook a day for over a week, and is still going strong, publishing a book a day, many of which are minor hip hop masterpieces. He recently published the original film script for his "Beat Street" project, which was sold to Harry Belatonte and Orion Pictures. Although Beat Street was the first Hollywood film to portray the hip hop culture that had emerged out of the South Bronx in the mid-'70s, the story was limp, the characters one-dimensional. The film was saved only by the rap and break dancing performances by some of the original creators of hip hop. One look at the script (which bears no resemblance to the final film), might be enough to convince you Belafonte and Orion dropped the ball on this one.
You can view Hager's constantly expanding ebook publishing site at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/stevenhager420
Many of Hager's books can be downloaded free, and the most expensive are only $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, musician, writer and filmmaker for over forty years.