Sound check: Hip-hop drawing academic interest in Boston and beyond
Associated Press - 11/27/2016
“There are so many dimensions to the culture,” said Murray Forman, a media studies professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “It’s really rich for analysis in all kinds of contexts.”
Some scholars still question whether hip-hop has a place in academia, but its acceptance is growing, said Forman, who was a Nasir Jones fellow last year. University presses have published dozens of textbooks on rap and hip-hop’s political and cultural importance. Scores of graduate students have taken on similar topics for their dissertations.
For archivists in particular, there has been a surge of interest in preserving the artifacts of hip-hop, especially from its early days in the 1970s and 1980s, Forman said.
“A lot of the early materials are at risk of disappearing,” he said. “People don’t want to be carrying around all the ephemera, the concert fliers and promotional materials.”