Brian "B+" Cross in conversation with Jeff Chang
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Brian "B+" Cross is joined in conversation by Jeff Chang
to celebrate the release of his new book
Ghostnotes: Music of the Unplayed
published by University of Texas Press
Introduction by Jeff Chang; Essays by Greg Tate and Dave Tompkins
A magnificent retrospective of the world's preeminent hip-hop/rap photographer. Ghostnotes offers a unique visual mix tape of hip-hop artists, producers, and record dealers from the West Coast to the global African musical diaspora.
BRIAN "B+" CROSS is an assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego and co-founder of Mochilla, a production house whose output includes feature length music documentaries, music videos, music and photography. A former student of award-winning author Mike Davis and photographer Allan Sekula, Cross was the photo editor of the music magazine Wax Poetics from 2004 to 2010, and Rappages from 1993 to 1998. He has worked in hip-hop culture as a photographer and filmmaker for over twenty years. Cross' 1993 book on the LA hip-hop scene, It's Not About a Salary, was on "best book of the year" lists for Rolling Stone and NME magazines, and Vibe named it one of the top ten hip-hop books of all time. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
JEFF CHANG is a journalist and a music critic who has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. He is the author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip Hop, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. He is currently working on a biography of Bruce Lee. Jeff has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature and a winner of the North Star News Prize. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero, and by the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts as one of its 2016 YBCA 100 list of those "shaping the future of American culture." With H. Samy Alim, he was the 2014 winner of the St. Clair Drake Teaching Award at Stanford University.