Signifying Rappers

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Finally back in print--David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello's exuberant exploration of rap music and culture.

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Living together in Cambridge in 1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that they shared "an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop." The book they wrote together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan's challenge to the giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?

Back in print at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this rerelease cannot be missed.

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Author Mark Costello / David Foster Wallace
Publisher Back Bay Boooks
Page Count 176pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x .75
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date July 23, 2013
ISBN 978-0316225830

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