The Plot Against Hip Hop

Nelson George

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.
D Hunter’s investigation into his mentor’s murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture’s hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

“George is an ace at interlacing the real dramas of the world . . . the book’s slim length and flyweight depth could make it an artifact of this particular zeitgeist in American history. Playas and haters and celebrity cameos fuel a novel that is wickedly entertaining while being frozen in time.”
–“Kirkus Reviews”
“This hard-boiled tale is jazzed up with authentic street slang and name-dropping (Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, and Chuck D) . . . George’s tightly packaged mystery pivots on a believable conspiracy . . . and his street cred shines in his descriptions of Harlem and Brownsville’s mean streets.”
–“Library Journal”
“George is a well-known, respected hip-hop chronicler . . . Now he adds crime fiction to his resume with a carefully plotted crime novel peopled by believable characters and real-life hip-hop personalities.”
–“Booklist”
“The most accomplished black music critic of his generation.”
–“The Washington Post Book World”
“Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” the warmth “of The Color Purple,” and the page count of “Tuesdays with Morrie.” It’s a must-read.”
–Chris Rock on “City Kid”

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist, James Jamerson (with 2 CD’s)

Alan “Dr. Licks” Slutsky

James Jamerson was a phenomenon. His bass lines were the “hooks” that were at least half the reason billions of songs sold. There are partial discographies that list 150 hits of Motown singles (30 of which were #1 hits), and partial discographies that include 180 albums or CD’s. About 70% of Jamerson’s performances went to the top of the R&B charts. Some of the singers he backed were: Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Tammy Terrel, Kim Weston, Mary Wells, The Jackson Five, Jr. Walker and the All Stars, The Contours, The Marvelletts, The Velvelettes, Brenda Holloway, Marv Johnson, David Ruffin, The Originals, Shorty Long, Marvin Gaye, Edwin Starr, Boz Scags, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, The Osmunds, Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey, Maria Muldar, The Fifth Dimension, The Sylvers, Tina Marie, Rick James, The Dramatics, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Marlena Shaw, Charo, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Curtis Mayfield, Jackie Wilson, Johnny Mathis, The Hues Corporation, Billy Preston, Jerry Butler, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fontella Bass, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Taylor, John Handy, Hugo Montenegro, Yusef Lateef, Charles Wright and the Watts 103 Street Band, Quincy Jones, Billy Ekstine and Bobby Darin.   James Jamerson laid the track for the soul train

Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson has an introduction by Paul McCartney. The book contains photos, interviews of The Funk Brothers, Motown singers, arrangers and composers, and transcriptions of some of his bass lines that are played by several great bass players (including Chuck Rainey and Marcus Miller) on the 2 CD’s that come with the book. The Grammy Award winning documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, (based on this book) has narration written by Ntosake Shange and includes performances by Chaka Kahn, Gerald Levert, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Harper, Joan Osborne, Bootsie Collins, Montell Jordan and The Funk Brothers.

Paperback with 2CD’s $35.00
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Documentary with 2DVD’s $15.00
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The Freedom Guide for Music Creators, Second Edition

The Freedom Guide for Music CreatorsDeeann Mathews

Put your thinking cap on and fit it very well — The Freedom Guide for Music Creators is going to take you through the fundamentals of the music business, along with strategies and resources you will not hear about in many books and in much of your musical education.

You might also want to prepare to part with some long-held notions about money, work, economics, and United States history, because this is going to be a no-holds barred look at the world in which you are creating and re-creating music, and at the forces that define this world. Learn why YOU are about to get a taste of some of the hardest parts of the African American experience since the end of slavery — and what you can do to protect yourself as a musician!  The Freedom Guide for Music Creators will also show you:

How to get each and every one of your works the copyright registration they need at the lowest possible cost — AND the address and contact info of EVERY copyright office IN THE WORLD

How to handle SAMPLING — the right way, not the wrong way

How to get the proper licenses to cover ANY song — quickly and cost-effectively

What things you need to have in EVERY record contract — and the very things that will STEAL YOU BLIND if you don’t look out for them

The NUMBER ONE, time-honored, sure-fire way to build a fan base that lasts, no matter what fads and technology come and and go, and much, much more!

Deeann D. Mathews is an African American author, composer, arranger, and pianist living in San Francisco, California.  She is also the creative director of Praising Pilgrims Music, a growing publishing company of music and music-related materials based in San Francisco, California.

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Orders for Universities and Colleges

Welcome to all HBCU representatives, and thank you for your support of Marcus Bookstores.

With your purchase of The Freedom Guide for Music Creators, you will empower your students to master the fundamentals of the music business, and give them access to strategies and resources they will not hear about except through your actions today.  When your students receive The Freedom Guide for Music Creators, they will learn:

How the music business will try to put them through a taste of some of the hardest parts of the African American experience since the end of slavery — and what they can do to protect themselves

How to get each and every one of their compositions works the copyright registration they need at the lowest possible cost — AND the address and contact info of EVERY copyright office IN THE WORLD

How to handle SAMPLING — the right way, not the wrong way

How to get the proper licenses to cover ANY song — quickly and cost-effectively

What things they need to have in EVERY record contract — and the very things that will STEAL A MUSICIAN BLIND if not caught

The NUMBER ONE, time-honored, sure-fire way to build a fan base that lasts, no matter what fads and technology come and and go

And much more — all in a easy-to-read, concise format that lends itself to immediate action!

Thank you so much for your patronage of Marcus Bookstores — we appreciate working with you to educate Black musicians everywhere about how to handle their music business!  Order now, and change the lives of the talented young musicians you serve for the better — forever!

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