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Weingarten does a great job tracing the samples PE used on this classic album to sources such as James Brown, P Funk, Isaac Hayes, and the 1972 Wattstax concert In the process he shows how the group built on and fed off the energy of those predecessors, updating their sound for the Reagan era and the age of samplers Weingarten also contextualizes PE within the NY hip hop scene and shows how contemporaries such as Run DMC influenced and played a role in the making of this album I would have liked a littleof the same sort of research into Chuck D s lyrics, which also grew out of the Black Power era, but overall this gave me a newfound understanding of this album and its sonic roots. One of the best books in the 33 1 3 series Weingarten breaks down the cultural tapestry of Hip Hop s boldest and greatest album. @Free Epub ⚡ It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back ⚷ Christopher R Weingarten Provides A Thrilling Account Of How The Bomb Squad Produced Such A Singular Sounding Record Engineering, Sampling, Scratching, Constructing, Deconstructing, Reconstructing Even Occasionally Stomping On Vinyl That Sounded Too Clean Using Production Techniques That Have Never Been Duplicated, The Bomb Squad Plundered And Reconfigured Their Own Compositions To Make Frenetic Splatter Collages They Played Samples By Hand Together In A Room Like A Rock Band To Create A Not Quite Right Tension They Hand Picked Their Samples From Only The Ugliest Squawks And SirensWeingarten Treats The Samples Used On Nation Of Millions As Molecules Of A Greater Whole, Slivers Of Music That Retain Their Own Secret Histories And Folk Traditions Can The Essence Of A Hip Hop Record Be Found In The Motives, Emotions And Energies Of The Artists It Samples Is It Likely That Something An Artist IntendedYears Ago Would Re Emerge Anew This Is A Compelling And Thoroughly Researched Investigation That Tells The Story Of One Of Hip Hop S Landmark Albums Definitely one of the most solid and informative 33 1 3 series tomes I ve read.A close focus on the construction, contents, and influences of the recording Stylistically, a bit too glib at times, and as is usual for these silly errors occasionally distract But overall Weingarten delivers the kind of 33 1 3 most readers want and few get. While other books in the 33 13 series strive to show how an album defined its artist, Public Enemies It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back works, instead, to show how an album can define its time In fact, much of the book readslike a history book rather than a music book by explaining the history of the Civil Rights movement, the author is able to define how radical in the original sense this record was when it dropped.In particular, careful attention is given to the samples Chuck D and The Bomb Squad used in making the record Each break, each sound loop, is given its turn in the history hot seat We are told where the sample came from, the context surrounding its original recording, and possible reasons why it was chosen for use on the Public Enemy record.This last reason is the sole moment of doubt, for me, in an otherwise fascinating look at an album that I had always understood was important, without really understanding why Of all the dozens of samples described and laid out, at no time is the possibility that that sample was chosen just because it sounded good given much, if any, thought Instead, each sample is linked to Isaac Hayes and James Brown and P Funk and every other band or artist of significance from the best days of the Stax era and treated as though it was chosen as much for its relevance to history as it was for its funky break or perfect encapsulation of a theme.And while there are certainly momentous and incredible samples all over the record, I remain unconvinced that they were all, each and every one, chosen because of their deep significance to funk and soul music Some of them just sounded good.Even that criticism, though, is slight The book does a textbook s work of explaining the significance, both musically and socially of the work in question without ever devolving into abstraction or self importance As an examination of the recording process, and of the lifestyle around the group as they recorded, this is a light volume As an examination of the art of the sample, and how it was brought into the mainstream by a group of young black men as interested in their roots as they were in their future, this book is a detailed syllabus that encourages the reader to seek further, to find the samples in their original recordings and to take another listen and put it all in context. These 33 1 3 books absolutely serve one very, very useful purpose no matter what, they make you want to listen to the source material In this case, Public Enemy s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Which I listen to from time to time anyway.It would be endlessly fascinating to hear how Chuck D and the Bomb Squad assembled this beautifully tuneless album and Weingarten gets us halfway there, pointing us at the techniques and clips that were used But he gets caught up in his own cleverness, showing us how brilliant he is with twisted wordplay and knowledge of the Hip Hop community he is writing of although the ninety nine footnotes tend to make one think that he just cribbed this knowledge from many pages written before Hard to tell.Oddly, a solid fifth of the book is about the history of James Brown s various bands Ostensibly in pursuit of some explanation of how and why PE used so many samples from this source, it s completely unnecessary I don t need to know how a seventeen year old Bootsy Collins joined Brown s band to know that the results would someday turn up on this record I d beinterested to know how the band found them And, likely, that s not particularly interesting they found it by going through record after record looking for these things James Brown is a goldmine for sampling I m a middle aged white guy and even I know that.There is a snippet in the book also copied on the back end about how the band occasionally stomped on vinyl that sounded too clean Beside likely being apocryphal, it s not worththan a millisecond of huh rather than the innovative thinking we re supposed to come away with These guys were much, muchcapable than sprinkling some dust on their records.In the end, the overly ambitious i.e., pretentious writing sinks the book For the most part it has the tone and appeal of an extended record review that might appear in Spin or Rolling Stone magazines I m starting to see this pattern emerge in all the books of this series the authors struggle to find enough to say because, well, it s just a record album, no matter how important it is.As I think I said about the Paul s Boutique entry in this series, if you re a fan of the album or the band, you ll enjoy this It will refresh your interest and even set you on a treasure hunt for some of the records PE sampled so you can see what s going on That s great stuff But you ll not get much . Back in the 1980s I was trying to be all punk rock years after punk rock had passed on My friends and I were wedded to a reactionary vision of music that had lost relevance and was in the process of spreading to the suburban malls where it belonged, though that was still a number of years in the future in the mid to late 1980s But the blinders I wore let in some light, such as hearing Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five or Planet Rock after hours on the disco radio stations I liked it But nothing could have prepared me for Public Enemy s sopho effort, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back It was the punk rock I looked for in the past staring at me in the present Christopher R Weingarten pulls together the sampled bits of music and history that cumulated in this era defining recording And I loved every minute of the trip back to the future. I had high hopes for this 33 1 3 and it certainly did NOT let me down This book did what I always hope these 33 1 3 books will do it made one of my very favorite albums ever sound new and exciting again I can t believe all of the samples I didn t recognize And the little stories about the samples my favorite image from the book is Flav recording P.E on the radio and grabbing I guarantee you nomusic by these suckers from the DJ Oh And Chuck creating the logo from an E.Love pic That s neat too And onefun fact did you know Terminator X is an ostrich farmer For real This whole book is chock full of awesome and, for that matter, so is this album duh so if you don t have both, now you know. Another strong entry in the 33 1 3 series Weingarten peels the lid back on the dense production of one of hip hops seminal records A lot of 33 1 3 books tend to get marred down with too much personal biography either of the author or of the band itself This book wisely focuses in, with laser like intensity, on the biography of the noises and sounds on nation of millions itself, tracing back the lineage of the album s samples to their origins with James Brown s backing players, parliament funkadelic, Isaac Hayes, etc Weingarten brilliantly shows how hip hop, far from being some weird urban aberration, lovingly followed and literally borrowed, chopped, and re arranged from the linage of soul and funk as it developed This book doesn t just offer a wonderful examination of one of hip hops crown jewels it shows the sonic genealogy of hip hop itself. As a writing exercise, I will try to write my review as poorly as the author of this book because convoluted, as it may be, and history has a way of being confusing, which James Brown s drummer might know, but the Bomb Squad tried to use a different mix, but RFK was killed in the 60s, which history will affect Ugh, I can t do it any The writer doesn t interview any band members, provides barely any insight into the album Rather, he focuses on the music which PE sampled And even then, he screws it up.Ignore this book, just buy the incredible album Grade D