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Stories of people who believe a book changed their life. It’s a romantic notion, and one reason we believe it is because we want to believe our lives can be changed by something so simple as an idea — or a set of ideas contained in a book.
In the Bronx, young people were plugging turntables into light posts to invent hip-hop. Along the Bowery, art-school kids were distilling rock music down to its essence to create punk. While others were leading the biggest uprising in western classical music since Stravinsky. It all happened over five years, in a space of less than 200 city blocks in New York City.