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Don't call me urban : the time of grime

Author: Simon Wheatley
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Northumbria University Press, 2010.
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This book is a photographic record compiled over a 12 year period, focussing on the youth of London's inner-city at a vital time, taking as its prism the genre of grime - the most significant and controversial musical expression to emerge from the UK since punk. Grime was essentially the UK's own authentic response to hip hop, an angst-ridden, confrontational music conveying the hopes and frustrations of an
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wheatley, Simon.
Don't call me urban.
Newcastle upon Tyne : Northumbria University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)763592520
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Wheatley
ISBN: 9781904794479 1904794475
OCLC Number: 502424403
Description: 209 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Simon Wheatley.

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This book is a photographic record compiled over a 12 year period, focussing on the youth of London's inner-city at a vital time, taking as its prism the genre of grime - the most significant and controversial musical expression to emerge from the UK since punk. Grime was essentially the UK's own authentic response to hip hop, an angst-ridden, confrontational music conveying the hopes and frustrations of an apolitical generation locked into decaying housing estates. The book is a visual reflection of what grime represented, chronicling the conditions that spawned the genre. It is a combination of music portraiture, social documentary and architectural photography.

Many black youths reject the urban label that has been imposed on them by commerce and the media. There is a significant discrepancy between perceptions of black culture as ̀cool' and the often-harsh reality of being born black on a London council estate. Don't Call me Urban! takes us through the raw environment from which the new stars of British popular music, such as Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder emerged, and introduces us to many other hopefuls who remain stranded in bedroom studios, hidden amongst concrete blocks glamorized in countless music videos. The Time of Grime is an era when ̀clashing' and postcode warfare have emerged, when young lives have fallen victim to absurdly trivial disputes, when rampant material aspiration collides with grim social reality. The book is a unique and penetrating document of an era in which London's inner-city youth has veered out of control. --Book Jacket.

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