>> Dead Precedents: My current book-in-progress, titled Dead Precedents: The Hacking and Haunting of Hip-Hop, uses the means and methods of cyberpunk and hauntology to thoughtfully remap hip-hop’s spread from around the way to around the world. Its central argument is that the cultural practices of hip-hop culture are the blueprint to 21st century culture, and that an understanding of the appropriation of language and technology is an understanding of the now. Memories once firmly rooted in places in the past now float free of historical context. We all share memories courtesy of the mass media, and its rampant reproduction of artifacts. Technological mediation does a great deal of its work by manipulating context through the replication, reproduction, and circulation of moment-events. This book is about is the many ways that the foundations of hip-hop appropriation—allusions and creative language use, as well as technology and self-reference—inform the new millennium. Dead Precedents is under contract with Repeater Books.
>> The Medium Picture: My other book-in-progress is a history of the future of our relationship with technology. Technological mediation has changed and continues to change our relationships with each other, our information, time, space, and ourselves. It isn’t going to go away. In fact, it’s only going to become more pervasive. The Medium Picture explores these relationships at all levels, using examples such as the Walkman, the bicycle, and the desire line, and artists like Christian Marclay, Laurie Anderson, Richard Long, and Brian Eno. From the heights of high-technology to the depths of the skateboarding underground, it’s about the process, not just the products. It’s about the ripple, not the rock. The Medium Picture is under contract with Zer0 Books.
>> Escape Philosophy: Escape Philosophy explores the anxiety of the human body and the means of escape therefrom (e.g., machines, drugs, and death) through extreme musics, weird movies, and dark theories. Godflesh and their classic debut industrial-metal record, Streetcleaner (Earache, 1989), provide the hub around which the other constructs and concepts spin off into ultimate freedom. Escape Philosophy is under contract with Punctum Books for their Dead Letter Office imprint.
>> Follow for Now, Vol. 2: Follow for Now, Vol. 2: More Interviews with Friends and Heroes is my second anthology of interviews with minds of all kinds. This time around, there are thinkers like Gareth Branwyn, Dave Allen, Simon Reynolds, and Peter Morville, theorists like Tricia Rose, Doug Rushkoff, Ian Bogost, Zizi Papacharissi, and danah boyd, writers like Mike Daily, Mark Dery, Daniel H. Pink, Albert Mudrian, and Clay Tarver, and entertainers like Aesop Rock, Sean Price, Matthew Shipp, El-P, and Sadat X, among others. Follow for Now, Vol. 2 is under contract with Zer0 Books.
>> Sound Unbound: I was Assistant Editor to Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky on his essay collection, Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (MIT Press, 2008). Contributors include Erik Davis, Manuel De Landa, Cory Doctorow, Chuck D, Brian Eno, Paul D. Miller, Dick Hebdige, Vijay Iyer, Jaron Lanier, Jonathan Lethem, Moby, Steve Reich, Simon Reynolds, Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud, Bruce Sterling, Lucy Walker, and Saul Williams, among many others. David Byrne said Sound Unbound is “a nice antidote to the usual way music and the history of music is often categorized into high/low, pop/classical, or black/white,” Branford Marsalis said, “Sound Unbound is an excellent reference on art–in the popular context–in the twenty-first century”; David Byrne says, “It’s a lovely eclectic collection that is a nice antidote to the usual way music and the history of music is often categorized into high/low, pop/classical, or black/white”; and Laurie Anderson said, “What a marvelous collection! … I love this book!”
>> Follow for Now: Follow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes is an anthology of forty-three interviews with minds of all kinds. Published through my own Well-Red Bear imprint, Follow for Now is an eclectic, independently-minded snapshot of the intellectual landscape at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Disinformation named it “among the most important books published in 2007,” Erik Davis called it “a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so,” and David Baker wrote that it and I were “about new ideas and trying to figure things out. I think he is about trying to make connections between things that no one else has connected.” Follow for Now includes an extensive bibliography, a full index, and weighs in at nearly 400 pages. Find out more, and order yours at the book’s own site, get it on Amazon’s Kindle, Google Books, or Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
>> The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies: Eduardo Navas, author of Remix Theory (Springer, 2012), asked me to contribute as essay to The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (Routledge, 2014) collection, co-edited by Navas, Owen Gallagher, and xtine burrough. They describe my chapter (“The End of an Aura: Nostalgia, Memory, and the Haunting of Hip-hop”) like this: “Christopher’s text by and large comprises a series of quotes by divergent authors, ranging from cyberpunk to hip-hop, which take the shape of an intertextual collage that turns into a case study of authenticity in the time of constant digital reproduction.” I was more than glad to have a venue in which to expand a few pieces that had originally appeared on this site combining sampling, mediated memories, Walter Benjamin, and cyberpunk.
>> The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine: I have an essay in the collection The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine (Rosecliff Press, 2014) edited by Scott Heim, which recounts the first time I saw them live (opening for Dinosaur Jr. in 1992). Other people in the book include folks like Bob Mould, members of Slowdive, Pale Saints, God is an Astronaut, Maps, Failure, and dälek. Other bands in the series include David Bowie, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division/New Order, Abba, Kraftwerk, R.E.M., The Pixies, and Roxy Music, with more in the works.
>> FREESTYLIN’: Generation F: I was a contributing writer to Freestylin’ Magazine‘s reunion book, Generation F (Wizard/Endo, 2008). Thanks to Mark Lewman, I got to reminisce about the old days of BMX-riding and zine-making and what I learned doing them with fellow travelers Mike Daily, Luke Strahota, Dave Fox, Todd Sines, The Swami, and Bill Keaggy, among others. It was an honor and a rare treat. You can flip through the book virtually here.
>> You Are Being Lied To: I have a little piece in Disinformation‘s first book, You Are Being Lied To (Disinformation, 2001), a compendium of dissent, which also includes essays by Noam Chomsky, Howard Bloom, Douglas Rushkoff, Howard Zinn, Russ Kick, Richard Metzger, Alex Burns, and Mark Pesce, among many others. It was the first of many such germinal books from The Disinformation Company, and I’m proud to have had a small part in it.