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Hip Hop on Film: Performance Culture, Urban Space, and Genre Transformation in the 1980s

Kimberly Monteyne


Early hip hop film musicals have either been expunged from cinema history or excoriated in brief passages by critics and other writers. Hip Hop on Film reclaims and reexamines productions such as Breakin’ (1984), Beat Street (1984), and Krush Groove (1985) in order to illuminate Hollywood’s fascinating efforts to incorporate this nascent urban culture into conventional narrative forms. Such films presented musical conventions against the backdrop of graffiti-splattered trains and abandoned tenements in urban communities of color, setting the stage for radical social and political transformatio ... More

Keywords: Hip hop, musical film, breakdance, urban communities, teen cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617039225
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly Monteyne, author