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The definitive story of grime, the 21st Century's most groundbreaking and influential musical phenomenon. Beginning at the start of the new millennium in the council estates of inner London, Inner City Pressure tells the full story of grime, Britain's most exciting musical revolution since punk. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, grime's teenage pioneers sent out a signal from the pirate radio aerials and crumbling estates of London's poorest boroughs that would, 15 years later, resonate as the universal sound of youthful rebellion, as big in the suburbs as in the inner city. By 2018, the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Skepta have long since become household names. But have the conditions that produced this music now gone forever? What happens to those living on the margins when those margins become ever-smaller spaces? And what happens to a rebellious, outsider sound when it is fully accepted by the pop cultural mainstream? Inner City Pressure tells the astonishing story of a generation dancing, fighting and rioting against the forces gentrifying the capital.
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Dan Hancox is a native Londoner who writes about music, politics, gentrification, social exclusion, protest and the margins of urban life, chiefly for the Guardian, but also the New York Times, Vice, The Fader, Dazed & Confused and XXL. He is the author of The Village Against the World (Verso).

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`Grime is the sound of 21st century protest. Inner City Pressure is essential reading from a superb writer on the political awakening of a generation' Owen Jones `Dan Hancox charts a remarkable story from pirate radio to the front pages. This is a story that deserves to be heard' David Lammy MP `Unputdownable and bristling with insights about grime and the city it was born in. Anyone with any interest in grime, you need to be reading this, trust me' Jeffrey Boakye, author of Hold Tight 'It says something about the last two decades that the first real history of 21st century London comes in the form of a book about grime. Hancox tells the story of a city and a music scene with restraint, humour and anger' Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain `Riveting... Grime, black music's rawest response against social injustice, has the chronicler it deserves. Hancox is a tremendous guide' Kitty Empire, Observer `An extraordinary pop music story. Hancox's deep knowledge of London illuminates the music ... just as you could tell the story of the US in the Sixties via rock music, Hancox sees 21st Century London through a grime lens, from the 2011 riots to Grenfell Tower' Dorian Lynskey, GQ `A terrific achievement and an instant London classic' Leo Hollis, author of Cities Are Good For You `A must read' DJ Slimzee `A dazzling book' Ellie Mae O'Hagan `An excellent, thorough history' Wire `The definitive statement on a sound that emerged from the tower blocks of east London in the early 2000s and has gone on to become a musical phenomenon' Resident Advisor `An essential look at the birth of grime and its relationship with London, setting it against the backdrop of pirate radio, gentrification, urban protest, riots and police harassment' Trench

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