- Tapa blanda: 360 páginas
- Editor: Vintage (20 de noviembre de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0679313893
- ISBN-13: 978-0679313892
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Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 20 nov 2007
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A docu-style investigation of our fascination with the gun, from the perspective of the hip-hop generation.
The 2003 shooting death of Toronto community-centre worker Kempton Howard put the spotlight on hip hops fixation with guns. Media and police soon blamed rap music and its tales of gang life on bullet-ridden US streets for the rising use of firearms in Canadian crime. Were these songs artful accounts of a terrible truth, or a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce have interviewed many of the major players in the hip-hop world. As publishers of an award-winning magazine of urban culture, theyd watched rap music become a scapegoat for societys much older and widely spread fascination with guns. What follows is their international adventure to deconstruct modern gun culture in all its manifestations. Bascunan and Pearce seek out hip-hop artists, illegal gun runners, firearms aficionados and manufacturers, museum curators, academics, politicians, video-game creators, activists, victims of gun violence and the family and friends left behind.
Somewhere between Fast Food Nation, No Logo and a Michael Moore documentary, featuring sly sidebar material and original artwork, Enter the Babylon System is part outrageous journalistic pursuit and part passionate cri de coeur for sanity in the face of a societys obsession.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Rodrigo Bascunan is the publisher and co-owner of Pound magazine. Although he himself has only ever been threatened at gunpoint, he comes from a long line of politically active Chileans who have been shot at. He lives in Toronto.
Christian Pearce is the editor and co-owner of Pound. Dodging bullets of a different sort, he studies law in Vancouver.
From the Hardcover edition.
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One rap artist interviewed charges that "Most people who talk about a Glock, they can't tell you a model number or how many shots it holds. They've never fired it, they've never felt spent shells hit them and burn their forearm, they've never done any of that... a lot of rappers are emulating what they heard in somebody else's record..." (Pg. 47)
They also note that the Desert Eagle firearm "did indeed make its television debut on Miami Vice... (which) featured state-of-the-art gun handling. Miami Vice was also a boon for gun manufacturers, helping popularize gats like the bird and the Tec-9." They add that director Michael Mann "is a gun nut." (Pg. 183)
They note in conclusion, "When we speak of babylon, we are not referring to skin colour, nor are we pointing to any place on a map; we speak instead of a blinding and destructive greed as visible in the grimiest street as it is in the squeakiest-clean office." (Pg. 322)
This is a creative and original look at a not-often-STUDIED aspect of gun culture.