Raising Hell: The Reign, Ruin, and Redemption of Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay
by Ronin Ro
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2006
List Price: $15.99 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 352
Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
Parent Company: News Corporation
The year is 1978. Saturday Night Fever is breaking box office records. All over America kids are racing home to watch Dance Fever, Michael Jackson is poised to become the next major pop star, and in Hollis, Queens, fourteen-year-old Darryl McDaniels—who will one day go by the name D.M.C.—busts his first rhyme: "Apple to peach, cherry to plum. Don’t stop rocking till you all get some." Darryl’s friend Joseph Simmons—now known as Reverend Run—thinks Darryl’s rhyme is pretty good, and he becomes inspired. Soon the two join forces with a DJ—Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell—and form Run-D.M.C. Managed by Run’s brother, Russell Simmons, the trio, donning leather suits, Adidas sneakers, and gold chains, become the defiant creators of the world’s most celebrated and enduring hip-hop albums—and in the process drag rap music from urban streets into the corporate boardroom, profoundly changing everything about popular culture and American race relations.
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