Zman Emet (Real Time): Hip-Hop in Israel / Israeli Hip-Hop
(Hebrew) is a new release from Resling Publishers. It examines a set of questions pertaining to cultural and art criticism via a test case that surveys hip-hop generated in Israel. The book is based on research into the Israeli hip-hop scene conducted by Dr. Uri Dorchin of Ben Gurion University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
The book jacket describes the connection between Israel and hip-hop thus: "The passionate connection between Israelis and Afro-American style appears at first glance to be unrestrained enthusiasm for a passing trend and yet another manifestation of their rejection of the values of local culture. A second look, however, might show that the choice of black music actually expresses their longing for a stable, clearly defined, sense of cultural belonging, something the globalized and partisan Israel struggles to give its youth."
This book joins the range of items in the National Library's Music Department that deal with various musical issues in cultural and artistic contexts, both Israeli and other.