CHECK THE TECHNIQUE
Manifesto presents an evening with Brian Coleman > MAY 12
ABOUT CHECK THE TECHNIQUE VOLUME 2
“My circle of liner notes junkies runs deep, and we spend many hours dissecting the chapters in Brian Coleman’s Check the Technique series. FINALLY someone has put in perspective the stuff I have been DYING to know about!!!! I can’t get enough.”
– Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Presenting never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories ranging from influential '80s hip-hop masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper and 3rd Bass' The Cactus Album to '90s classics like Ice Cube's AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Mos Def's and Talib Kweli's Are Black Star and Dr. Octagon's Dr. Octagonecologyst, Check the Technique Volume 2's approach is one that Coleman calls Invisible Liner Notes - retracing the story of an album step by step, in collaboration with the artists themselves.
Weighing in at 544 pages, the 25-chapter book includes lively, in-depth, provocative interviews with more than 80 artists, DJs, producers and industry insiders. All in all, 325 hip-hop songs are discussed and dissected, by the artists who made them.
As Coleman explains, "This third edition of my Check the Technique/Rakim Told Me series is the one that I am proudest of, by far. The interviews are deeper than ever before, the chapters are longer and more in-depth, and I have spent months gathering the 350-plus images that are included in the pages which really bring the stories of these amazing albums to life."
Brian Coleman is a noted music journalist and historian, with three nonfiction music books to his name: Check the Technique Volume 2 (Wax Facts Press, 2014); Check the Technique (Villard/Random House, 2007); and Rakim Told Me (Wax Facts, 2005), in addition to hundreds of freelance articles in publications including XXL, Scratch, The Source, Wax Poetics, URB, CMJ, Boston Herald, Metro Newspapers, and many more.
an evening with Brian Coleman, author of Check the Technique Volume 2
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Tuesday May 12, 2015 > 7pm-9pm
FREE event > limited seating