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powerHouse Books invites you to celebrate

Book Expo America 2009

Live Performances by
and DJ Disco Wiz

Friday, May 29, 7–10PM
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn
For more information: (718) 666-3049

Bringing it to the publishing industry in classic New York City style, powerHouse Books is pleased to invite you to celebrate Book Expo America with live performances by powerHouse authors KRS ONE and DJ Disco Wiz at The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, on Friday, May 29 from 7–10PM.

Performer Bios

Luis "DJ Disco Wiz" Cedeño, the first Latino hip hop DJ, is credited for being the first DJ to make a "mixed plate" in 1977 along with Grandmaster Caz. In the years since, Wiz has been an influential force in educating the world about the early years of Hip Hop. Wiz was a major contributor in the opening of the Experience Music Project in Seattle in 2000, and was instrumental in the making of Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn's Yes Yes Y'all (Da Capo Press, 2002). He was also featured in the Emmy-nominated VH1 Rock Doc NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell, and is the creator and founder of the Hip-Hop Meets Spoken Wordz series. Along with Ivan Sanchez, Wiz is the co-author of It's Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ, set for release on June 5, from Miss Rosen Editions/powerHouse Books.

KRS ONE is a philosopher, activist, author, lecturer and emcee who has drawn both criticism and worship as he moves steadily with his purpose of peace. KRS ONE's mission is to turn up the volume on peace through the Stop the Violence Movement and other initiatives while churning out head-splitting rhymes, preserving the legacy of Hip Hop culture and promoting knowledge in all its forms. KRS ONE is the author of The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument (September 2009), the first book from his new imprint, I Am Hip Hop with powerHouse Books.

Homeless before the age of 15, young Kris Parker knew early that Hip Hop was a cultural force beyond just beats and rhymes. He met social worker (and part-time DJ), Scott "LaRock" Sterling at the Franklin Armory Men's Shelter, quickly forming a friendship that would later manifest Boogie Down Productions, one of the most important of all early Hip Hop acts.

KRS ONE has released a granite-solid catalog including nineteen full-length albums over his 25-year career along with a star-studded list of collaborations with hundreds of artists including Michael Stipe of REM, Ziggy Marley, Zach de la Rocha, and Busta Rhymes. His songs have been used in countless soundtracks and compilations, and 2007 brought a Grammy nomination for "Classic," a collaboration with Kanye West, Nas, Rakim, and DJ Premier.

Currently in the studio with a laundry list of legends, KRS ONE is producing a 20-Year Anniversary Stop the Violence Album to be released in September. The single, released on radio last month, is "Self Construction" an all-star single featuring Ne-Yo, Nelly, KRS ONE, Styles P, Redman, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Wise Intelligent, Rakaa Iriscience, Talib Kweli, Rah Digga, The Game, and newcomer, Lil AJ, produced by Duane "DaRock" Ramos.

As Founder of the Stop the Violence Movement, KRS ONE is leading the Hip Hop community into action. Stop the Violence is a collective of artists, activists, educators and entertainers exploring the roots of violence and working to promote the development of positive conflict resolution methods that can uplift our society instead of damaging it with the negative cyclical effects of violence.

KRS ONE has also founded The Temple of Hip Hop and Human Education Against Lies. He is a true man of the people and a living example of his own philosophy of self-creation.

While music and activism will always be his foundation, KRS ONE is also an accomplished public speaker, and has presented lectures at more than 500 colleges, universities and other venues throughout the last 15 years including Harvard College, Tulane University, Oxford University, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition to an outstanding music career and public speaking resumé, KRS ONE has written two books,The Science of Rap (1996) and Ruminations (2003), with his master work, The Gospel of Hip Hop, coming this year from powerHouse Books.

If there were ever a President of Hip Hop Culture, it would be KRS ONE; the legend, the leader.

Web Links:
The Gospel of Hip Hop Book Page

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