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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin -

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin

The Untold Story of Wu-Tang Clan's Million-Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of Music, and America's New Public Enemy No. 1

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Take a kid with a dream. A legendary hip hop group. 6 years of secret recordings. A casing worthy of a king. A single artifact. Hallowed establishment institutions. An iconoclastic auction house. The worlds foremost museum of modern art. A bidding war. Endless crises of conscience. An angry mob. A furious beef. A sale. A villain of Lex Luthor-like proportions. Bill Murray. The FBI. The internet gone wild. In 2007, the innovative Wu-Tang producer, Cilvaringz, feeling that digital downloads were threatening the music industry, took an incendiary idea to his mentor hip hop legend, RZA: create a unique physical copy of a secret Wu-Tang album, to be encased in silver and sold through auction as a work of contemporary art. As such, it could never be commercialised - or pirated. The plan raised a number of complex questions: Would selling one album for millions be the ultimate betrayal of rap music? Would hip hop fans support the project, even if it meant they could never buy the album? And could anyone justify the ultimate sale of the album to despised pharmaceutical mogul Martin Shkreli?

Product code: 9781909762657

ISBN 9781909762657
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H214xW134xS20
Publisher Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd
On Sale Date 05/10/2017
No. Of Pages 232
Written in vivid detail, Cyrus Bozorgmehr documents the untold story behind one of the most controversial and innovative album releases in modern music history: Wu Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.