Can’t Stop Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang

bkcover-hpIf you are at all interested in hip hop or rap, then this book is an absolute must-read. Even if you have a fleeting interest in American culture in the last half of the twentieth century, then Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is a great way to examine it. It’s hard to discount how much of an impact rap music and culture has had on American modern culture – and that of the world, and this book works wonders to describe how it all started and how this form of music, art and expression has coloured a great deal of the world’s culture, industry and societal norms for years.

Jeff Chang melds the world of music journalism with general cultural criticism and historical discussion beautifully. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop describes the New York of the 70s and 80s in a way that gives an excellent and vivid backdrop to how rap music came about, and also gives readers who are not particularly well-versed in the intricacies of American politics and society a quick lesson in the societal factors that formed rap. As much as some would like to forget it, politics were vital in how a lot of rap music was created and how the form progressed, so the attention paid to political and societal factors in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop is justified, in my opinion.

As a narrative, the book works well – there is a little unevenness in how some periods and events are described, but if there was to be a truly exhaustive account of the creation of rap music, it would be essentially unreadable, particularly since rap as an art form became so widely disseminated and spread. Chang gives a generally impartial, but at times fiery and impassioned, look at America in general to push this work forward. There are plenty of interviews and quotes from primary sources that lend much flavour and anecdotal interest to how the book plays out, and it truly does feel part of a cohesive whole.

It’s clear from the work how much research Chang has put into the book: one needs simply to look at the list of sources and references. This is a vital and important book for anyone interested in modern music, generally – it’s impossible to deny how much music nowadays owes to rap music in all of its forms.

 

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

AWizardOfEarthseaFantasy is one genre of fiction that many people shy away from, but almost every problem people have with fantasy is addressed in the Earthsea series. Ursula Le Guin provides a much-needed female perspective on traditional fantasy tropes and works against the generally male-oriented and male-constructed world of fantasy writing. There isn’t much sword-clanging and the like to be found here: simply the construction of a vivid, interesting world, filled with characters you care about and can actually tell apart.

A Wizard of Earthsea describes the early life of the main character, Ged, who becomes a talented wizard. There is much, much more to it than this, but this is really all you need to know: the simplicity and ease at which Le Guin eases into her narrative is something to behold. There is a really open feel to this entire work, which makes one feel as though they really are travelling with the characters throughout a world with plenty of open space – moreso than other works like The Lord of the Rings, which I found to be overly consumed with attention to detail and less concerned with telling a story.

The plot moves along at an excellent pace and never seems to flag or get caught up in its own details, and the focus on a single character is an excellent decision. The character of Ged is expressive and interesting enough to carry an entire book without needing the common fantasy device of a wisecracking band of travellers – not to say that the tone of the book is entirely serious and dour, which, again, is an all-too-common experience in fantasy literature. There are plenty of opportunities for the book to become mired down in drama, but this does not happen: there is simply apt and well-written description of events, relationships and happenings that entice the reader to read further.

There are plenty of plot devices in this book to be found in many other works: in fact, the idea of an academy for wizards and mages is something that Harry Potter owes a lot to. This work can be read by old and young alike, and has that magical quality of really transporting the reader to another world. It’s definitely a worthwhile read and should be sought out by everybody, even those without a real taste for fantasy.

 

Home Moving Services Made Re-Locating Hassle Free And Comfortable

m-6Living on the edge is common or has rather become a norm with the current generation.  Moving home is not an easy task and if one accomplishes this then it becomes a victory for them.  As once you have decided to move home you need to decide as to how to pack all the things that constitute a home because all of those stuff are important to us.  All of these thoughts bring in anxiety, tension and lot of worries.  This is where home moving services come into picture and because of such kind of services absolutely nobody thinks twice about house moving provided they are single or even to move from one city to the other, even a couple makes the decision to move homes if it is convenient for them to commute from office to home and other necessary facilities are available nearby which would make life livable in ease.

When you have decided to move home this is where professional Removals Company comes into picture and also play a vital role.  These kinds of companies have become so common and are prevalent in the market for few years now.  They take up all the responsibility from moving from the old home to settling down at the new place; some of these companies are so professional that they take up each and every responsibility and also take up the liability for things that might break, get stained or any other loss faced by the family or the individual due to their company workers while assisting with packing boxes, unpacking cartons etc.

After vacating the old home, the movers clean up the old house properly and check that there is nothing left behind.  So it is like a double check that they do while doing best vacate cleaning in Perth and make sure that nothing important is forgotten in the old house.  All the unrequired things are put into the removals list and are removed from the house promptly.

It’s always nice to contact a professional home mover service when the decision has been made for house moving.  A good mover would provide you reasonable and safe house moving services.  After reaching the new home; these movers assist with unpacking and keeping the things in the allotted place in the new house.  These services help with carpet cleaning if some stains have come during the shifting process, keep the things that need to be kept in the storage place and also pack anything extra that needs to be packed and kept in the removals and storage for future use. Read more about home cleaning services in Perth at http://www.roguewolf.com.au/house-carpet-cleaning/

Now-a-days house moving has become hassle free and can be done with ease due to the presence of house moving services in today’s market.  These home moving services formulate our life uncomplicated and convenient. With them we can appreciate our vision of living in the variety of home and locale we want to with the amenities that we have all the time dreamt off.  Each one of us thanks the home moving services for facilitating us in taking this most important conclusion in life.