Roy Christopher with Charles Mudede
In Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater Books), Roy Christopher traces the story of how hip-hop invented the twenty-first century. Emerging alongside cyberpunk in the 1980s, the hallmarks of hip-hop - allusion, self-reference, the use of new technologies, sampling, the cutting and splicing of language and sound - would come to define the culture of the new millennium. Taking in the groundbreaking work of DJs and MCs, alongside writers like Burroughs, Dick and Gibson, as well as post-punk and DIY culture, Dead Precedents is a counterculture history of the twentieth century, showcasing hip-hop's role in the creation of the world we now live in. 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. Roy Christopher appears in conversation with Seattle writer and filmmaker Charles Mudede, whose articles about film, music, culture and books appear in The Stranger.