Clive Campbell was born in Jamaica in 1955, and migrated with his family to the Bronx at the age of 13. He wanted to be a DJ and hosted parties with his sister Cindy in the recreation room of their building, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Here he created a new style that laid the foundation for hip hop music, by extending the instrumental beat to allow people to dance longer, and calling out to dancers during the extended breakdancing. Clive shortened his nickname Hercules (which he acquired when he grew taller than six feet) and became DJ Kool Herc.
When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Laban Carrick Hill (Author); Theodore Taylor III (Illustrator)
Publisher: Roaring Book Press (2013)
Ages: 6-10 yrs; Grades 1-5
Review: Amazon Reviews 4.5*, School LIbrary Journal Junior Library Guild Review
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Starting with A is for Albert, B is for Blackwell, and C is for Clive, the series highlights the contributions made by immigrants to science, art, medicine, and more - to the founding of our nation, our institutions and our ways of living. This series provides a starting point for parents, educators and librarians to shape personal perspectives, create common narratives, and increase awareness of the tremendous impact that immigrants have had on our country.