Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 8:00pm
Session 150: Bomb The Suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt
During this Theory Tuesdays session, Rémi Jaccard presented excerpts from the book Bomb The Suburbs by William Upski Wimsatt (Subway & Elevated Press, 1994). Tupac Shakur is quoted saying this was “The BEST book I read in prison”.
“Should graffiti writers organize to tear up the cities, or should they really be bombing the ‘burbs? That’s the question posed by William Upski Wimsatt in his seminal foray into the world of hip-hop, rap, and street art, and the culture and politics that surround it. But to say that the book deals only with taggers and hip-hop is selling it short. Taking on a broad range of topics, including suburban sprawl, racial identity, and youth activism, Wimsatt (a graffiti artist himself) uses a kaleidoscopic approach that combines stories, cartoons, interviews, disses, parodies, and original research to challenge the suburban mindset wherever it’s found: suburbs and corporate headquarters, inner cities and housing projects, even in hip-hop itself. -Book Cover