Living together in Cambridge in
1989, David Foster Wallace and longtime friend Mark Costello discovered that
they shared “an uncomfortable, somewhat furtive, and distinctively white
enthusiasm for a certain music called rap/hip-hop.” The book they wrote
together, set against the legendary Boston music scene, mapped the bipolarities
of rap and pop, rebellion and acceptance, glitz and gangsterdom. Signifying Rappers issued a fan’s challenge to the
giants of rock writing, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, and Lester Bangs: Could
the new street beats of 1989 set us free, as rock had always promised?
Back in print at last, Signifying Rappers is a rare record of a city and a
summer by two great thinkers, writers, and friends. With a new foreword by Mark
Costello on his experience writing with David Foster Wallace, this re-release
cannot be missed. Download and start listening now!