Hip Hop Around the World: An Encyclopedia

2 vols. Greenwood. 2018. 504p. ed. by Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith & . photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313357589. $198; ebk. ISBN 9780313357596. REF
In this well-organized two-volume encyclopedia on the global phenomenon of hip-hop, Goldsmith (music, Coll. of Graduate and Continuing Education, Westfield State Univ., MA) and Fonseca (music, library director, Elms Coll., MA) arrange entries alphabetically within four categories: countries (with more than 140 represented), artists, concepts, and styles. The introduction draws attention to global exchanges in hip-hop, briefly describing how the genre spread from the United States to all over the world. Entries incorporate accounts of cultural exchanges and local traditions and often contain further reading and listening and see-also references, all helpful tools for conducting more research. The extensive back matter includes five appendixes (with recommended hip-hop videos worldwide), a glossary, a selected bibliography, and a comprehensive index. A chronology highlights music in every year from 1968 to 2018.
VERDICT A solid place for students, from high schoolers to undergraduates, to begin exploring a genre that's long been underrepresented in research literature.

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