Decoded

Decoded

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By (author) Jay-Z

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  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • Format: Paperback | 317 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 234mm x 27mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 16 November 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0812982010
  • ISBN 13: 9780812982015
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Illustrations note: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 257,469

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Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

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“Compelling . . . provocative, evocative . . . Part autobiography, part lavishly illustrated commentary on the author’s own work, Decoded gives the reader a harrowing portrait of the rough worlds Jay-Z navigated in his youth, while at the same time deconstructing his lyrics.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   “One of a handful of books that just about any hip hop fan should own.”—The New Yorker “Elegantly designed, incisively written . . . an impressive leap by a man who has never been known for small steps.”—Los Angeles Times   “A riveting exploration of Jay-Z’s journey . . . So thoroughly engrossing, it reads like a good piece of cultural journalism.”—The Boston Globe   “Shawn Carter’s most honest airing of the experiences he drew on to create the mythic figure of Jay-Z . . . The scenes he recounts along the way are fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly