The Wu-Tang Manual

The Wu-Tang Manual

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By (author) Wu-Tang Clan

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 229mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594480184
  • ISBN 13: 9781594480188
  • Edition statement: Riverhead Trade.
  • Sales rank: 17,764

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Long awaited and much anticipated, "The Wu-Tang Manual" is The RZA's first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop's original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan.Since the release of the revolutionary "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" -- over the course of four seminal group albums and a multitude of ambitious side projects -- the Wu-Tang Clan has constantly redefined what hip-hop can do and where hip-hop can go. Now, after a decade of dark beats and mysterious lyrics hinting at a larger whole, the RZA, the abbot of the legendary Staten Island hip-hop collective, fully reveals, for the first time, the complex, multilayered Wu-Tang Universe in "The Wu-Tang Manual."Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, "The Wu-Tang Manual" unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reflects the breadth and depth of the RZA's -- and rest of the Clan's -- intellectual interests and passions, "The Wu-Tang Manual" is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of Wu-Tang lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean.Elegantly laid-out and richly printed, the book is designed to reflect the Asian influence on the Wu-Tang universe, which, as the book explains, began with a fascination with kung-fu movies but quickly led to serious study of martial arts and Eastern philosophy and spirituality. The book also includes a map of Shaolin; a trove of never-before-seen photos of the Wu-Tang Clan, including shots of RZA's trip to China with Sifu Shi Yan-Ming, live shots, and portraits-by Michael Lavine, Craig Wetherby, Sophia Chang, and Frank151; and original illustrations of many of the guiding lights of the Wu-Tang universe. For the hardcore Wu-Tang disciple and the recent initiate alike, "The Wu-Tang Manual" is the definitive guide to the essence of Wu, one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time. The RZA's most recent book, "The Tao of Wu," is also available from Riverhead Books.

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The RZA is most famous as the founder and leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, theplatinum-selling hip-hop group that is widely considered one of the mostimportant of all time, and has also spanned multiplatinum solo careers formany of its members, including RZA. Originally from Staten Island, he is currentlybased in Los Angeles, where he has continued his music career whilesuccessfully branching out into lecturing, television, and film.