Chamber Music

Will Ashon

Published: 7 November 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781783784042

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Published: 1 November 2018
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781783784035

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About the author

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Will Ashon is the author of Strange Labyrinth (Granta, 2017) and two novels. He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo. More about the author


[A] future classic



BrilliantGilles Peterson

Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny and mythology. Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces) is hiphop as race and class politics, as music and as poetry on the move. Through Ashton's vibrant textured prose we watch in awe as these young men seize on whatever the culture has to offer, sampling leftovers and legacies, making themselves into ferocious artists’ Margo Jefferson

I loved it. Passionately written, diligently researched, lovingly rendered. A breathtaking effort that is as broad in its scope as all books about albums should be.’ Kate Tempest

‘A collage of disparate but enticing fragments, like Wu-Tang's music - rich with sampling, allusions, oblique references and confusing tangents. It's ambitious, flawed and a lot more fun than any straight album biography would be’ Dan Hancox

‘A remarkable achievement and the sort of writing this landmark album deserves. Unconstrained, relentless and deeply moving for fans of Wu-Tang. Just plain dope.’ Guy Gunaratne

‘An awesome slice of hip hop history’ Jeffrey Boakye

‘Like the work of art it takes as its subject, Ashon's book is stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip-hop criticism ever writtenJeff Chang, author

‘One of the most essential pieces of rap writing since Nelson George himself. Five mics.’ Nikesh Shukla

‘Will Ashon has come up with something really special

‘Will Ashon's dazzling study gets to the heart of hip hop, pop culture and the history of contemporary America. EssentialMatt Thorne

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