DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 2:00pm
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Brief Description:
"'Screw music doesn't peak. It just grinds.' DJ Screw was a Houston DJ who became famous in the 1990s for slowing down rap songs (think: playing a 45 rpm record at 33 1/3 speed), and repeating key lyrics, while local rappers sometimes freestyled over the instrumental portions of the mix. The slowed-down sound became synonymous with Houston, and was often referred to as 'chopped & screwed.' It was literally homemade music; Screw recorded in his house, re-mixed the sessions to cassette tapes, and those tapes then went into cars that went booming into the same Houston streets that the local rappers were rapping about. The tapes became immensely popular, with hundreds of people lining up outside Screw's house every night. Eventually, Screwed Up Records & Tapes opened, selling nothing but Screw tapes, and it is still open, still selling nothing but Screw tapes, even though Screw died in 2000. This book blends narrative biography with oral history. Walker has talked to virtually everyone with a connection to Screw, from his immediate family and childhood friends from Smithville to his girlfriends and the rappers he worked with, and the book is rich with extended quotes from people in Screw's world"--

Biographical Note:

Lance Scott Walker is originally from Texas and is now based in New York. He is the author of Houston Rap Tapes and collaborated on the companion photo book Houston Rap. He has written for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Red Bull Music Academy, Vice, Wondering Sound, Fader, and The Wire.

Ways to get a signed-copy!

-Purchase your book today we will get it autograph for you and ship it or you can pick up from the store at the event

-Join us at the event and purchase your book and get it signed (we will have limited copies for purchase on site - so there's no guarantee that we will have enough books on hand, so it's best to prepay and pick up!


DJ Screw: A Life in Slow Revolution (American Music Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477325131
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Published: University of Texas Press - May 17th, 2022