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The story of how hip-hop created, and came to dominate, the twenty-first century.

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Christopher is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at The University of Illinois at Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in Communication from San Diego State University. His main project from 1997 to 2007 was frontwheeldrive.com (see below). With this site, he established himself as what Disinformation called, "One of the Internet's leading interviewers of subculture and new-science icons."

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It's exciting to be quoted so close to the beginning of a book with so much energy and passion in it...
-- Samuel R. Delany, author of Dhalgren

An intellectual hornet's nest, buzzing with ideas. The canon of hip-hop crit welcomes a bold new entry, calculated to blow the doors off the usual moribund academic fare. Theory finds its own uses for things.
-- Mark Dery

"Hip-hop has been around for well over forty years now, and in many ways, it has been absorbed into mainstream culture. Roy Christopher argues, however, that its radical practices still contain untapped possibilities. Dead Precedents shows how this cultural movement opens new hope for the future by changing our understanding of the past."
-- Steven Shaviro, author of Discognition

Written with the passion of a zine-publishing fan and the acuity of an academic...
-- Dan Hancox, Guardian

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