Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 3

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“Ed Piskor may just be the greatest thing to hit comics since Robert Crumb.” – Kim Deitch

Ed Piskor’s acclaimed graphic novel series continues! Book 3 highlights Run DMC’s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh. The Beastie Boys become a rap group. Rick Rubin meets Russell Simmons to form Def Jam. The famous TV pilot to the dance show Graffiti Rock and the documentaries Style Wars and Breakin’ and Enterin’ are all highlighted in this volume spanning 1983-1984. Ed Piskor continues to deliver the goods in this comprehensive history of hip-hop.

Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries
Style Wars and Scratch, Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.

The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book?

Praise for the
HHFT series:

“An astonishing feat of cultural archaeology, in both ambition and execution.” –
Vice

“HHFT is an incredible achievement, as well as one of comics' greatest non-fiction works.” –
 iO9

“Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!” – De La Soul

“Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water.” – Fab Five Freddy

“This is the comic of all time.” – Biz Markie

“It’s a great story and Piskor tells it immaculately well.” – Bill Adler (co-author,
Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label)

“This is the comic I’ve been waiting 40 years to read.” – Harry Allen (Public Enemy Media Assassin)

“They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn’t steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of ’77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his
Hip Hop Family Tree, comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a ‘who-begat-whom’ with a b-boy twist.” – Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com

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“… Man, did I like this comic … Piskor seems to know intuitively how to relate the best, most revealing and juiciest anecdotes without bogging the reader down in minutiae. I’ve enjoyed Piskor’s work in the past … but he’s never seemed quite as confident a storyteller as he does here.” – Chris Mautner

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“The ability of comics to transport you to a time and place in a manner that prose works just cannot match is demonstrated here as Ed perfectly captures the nature of street life and the crazy characters at that time.”

Publishers Weekly

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“The strip’s visual tone bears a borderline underground aesthetic that perfectly suits the material—brown-edged paper and antique flat color—with a semi-cartoony feel, reminiscent of the graffiti that helped define the graphic aspect of the movement. It’s a massive undertaking, but Piskor succeeds mightily in chronicling hip-hop’s formative years with riveting detail.”