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Photos! Dalton Higgins launches Hip Hop World

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On September 1st, Dalton Higgins launched Hip Hop World (Groundwood Books) with a major event at Toronto's Lula Lounge featuring the author himself and performances by SCRATCH (from The Roots), WIO-K, DJ DOPEY, TELMARY and DJ LOQENZ.

Photographer David Waldman was there to capture the event for Open Book. Click on any of the images below to open his gallery.

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About the Book: Hip hop is arguably the predominant global youth subculture of this generation. Artists around the world have taken hip hop's blueprint and fused it with their own music, language, dance rituals and art to create something new and innovative to serve their local region's needs.

In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins takes vivid snapshots of the hip hop scenes in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and more. American hip hop has gone through growing pains, and is questioned for being too commercialized to articulate the hopes, concerns and dreams of marginal youth and community members -- what it was originally created for. Outside the US, hip hop culture is often just the opposite -- a political tool to mobilize disenfranchised communities around hard issues, with little support from mainstream corporations or sponsors.

Dalton taps into his own powers of pop culture prognostication to predict the future of the genre and the youth culture that spawned it, as hip hop spreads its tentacles to the furthest reaches of humanity.

Hip Hop World features original interviews with a who's who of music practitioners, including Public Enemy's Chuck D, Sudanese raptivist Emmanuel Jal, the UK's Killa Kela, Filipino DJ luminary Q-Bert, Cuban poetess Telmary, Native American photographer Ernie Paniccioli, Girl Talk and many more.

About the author: Dalton Higgins is a music programmer, pop culture critic, author, broadcaster and journalist. He is also Canada's foremost expert on hip hop culture.

He is the co-author of two books, Hip Hop (Thomson Nelson) and Much Master T: A VJ's Journey (ECW Press). His work has been referenced in many popular culture essays and influential urban culture books. As a print journalist, Dalton is a Canadian National Magazine Award recipient, and his articles have appeared in esteemed print and online mediums in the United States (Vibe, the Source,, Urb) and Canada (Saturday Night, Now Magazine, Toronto Star, Quill & Quire and many others).

As a broadcaster, Dalton is a former TV host and writer of BPM TV's Urban Groove, and he has appeared as a regular pundit on shows ranging from CTV's Talk TV Chatroom to MuchMoreMusic's Listed. An expert on a number of topics related to popular culture, Dalton has waxed about Barack Obama on CTV's Canada AM, provided election coverage on CBC Radio One's Metro Morning, debated legal issues on CTV Newsnet's The Verdict, mused on fatherhood activism on TVO and ruminated on black culture on OMNI TV. He has appeared on many shows, including TSN's Off the Record, Much Music's The New Music and Rap City, as well as I Channel productions, providing opinions on hot issues of the day. Behind the camera, Dalton has produced documentaries about barbershop culture (More Than a Haircut premiered at the 2009 Reelworld Film Festival) and human beatboxers (CBC Radio One's Outfront), and has worked on CBC and SUN TV broadcasts of the Canadian Urban Music Award shows as a scriptwriter for Russell Peters, Master T and Jully Black.

In the global arts and entertainment industry, Dalton is a respected online content provider, having co-managed the Canadian chapter of NYC-based youth web organization Shine and and created content for NY-based, urban multi-media company UBO ( Dalton is a music programmer at the Harbourfront Centre Canada's Centre of Contemporary Culture and has sat on a long list of juries that run the gamut from the Juno Awards (Canada's equivalent to the Grammys) and the Echo Prize (presented by SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, to identify what's best in current independent music) to Honey Jam (Canada's all-female talent showcase). Dalton holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature/Mass Communications from York University, a Book & Magazine Publishing diploma from Centennial College, and he spent a summer doing graduate research on reggae music at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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