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Westsiders By William Shaw

Westsiders by William Shaw

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Summary

Features seven young men, who are trying to make it in the rap business. This work follows the changes in their musical and personal lives as they try and get shows, auditions, record demos. What they all share is the experience of growing up in a place that is far more violent than the one their parents grew up in.

Westsiders Summary

Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood by William Shaw

The phenomenal success of Los Angelinos like N.W.A, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Coolio, Snoop, Dr.Dre and Warren G. means that every block in Southcentral contains at least one boy who wants to be a rapper. "Westsiders" is a book about seven young men, all of whom are trying to make it in the rap business. It follows the changes in their musical and personal lives as they try and get shows, auditions, record demos in an increasingly shark-filled market-place. A few have been, or are, gang members. Some have straight jobs, others are drug dealers. Some have stable backgrounds, others were raised by grandparents, aunts or single mothers. Some love gangsta rap with a passion, and want to keep faith with it: others want to move on to something more positive. What they all share is the experience of growing up in a place that is far more violent than the one their parents grew up in. They have to navigate the loyalties of neighbourhood and friendship. All have lost close friends or relatives in the violence.

Westsiders Reviews

'Westsiders is best read as a homage to the artists, fly-boys and fly-posters often working for props and freebies.These are poignant tales' I-D 'Shaw succeeds in piecing together an intriguing apologia for gangster rap that deserves to be read by everyone from Charlton Heston downwards *****' Q (Book of the Month) 'As definitive a portrait of contemporary hip-hop and young black lifestyles as has been written. A shocking and highly readable report from America's front line' The Times

About William Shaw

William Shaw has written two previous books: Travellers and Spying in Guru Land both published by Fourth Estate, and his work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines around the world including The Times, the Independent, Vogue, Tatler, GQ, Esquire and Cosmopolitan. He is a contributing editor of Arena in the UK and Details in the US.

Additional information

GOR003397962
9780747552505
0747552509
Westsiders: Stories of the Boys in the Hood by William Shaw
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2001-02-05
400
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

Customer Reviews - Westsiders