Can White Guys Be Hip?

March 1, 2009
(was 08.21.2005)

Can white guys be hip? Many have tried but only a few have achieved true hepcat status - Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce, maybe Jack Kerouac. But compare them to Miles Davis and you have to wonder if they're really just hipster wannabes. We'll dig into the history of hip, and see how it's so often tied into race. We'll also take another look at Bing Crosby. Today the crooner seems anything but hip. But back in the thirties Bing was the epitome of casual cool.

  1. John Leland on Hip & Race

    According to John Leland, the hipster is an outsider who crosses boundaries and challenges the mainstream. He also talks about the overlap between being hip and using drugs.

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  2. Gary Giddins on Bing Crosby

    Before he was a crooner, BIng Crosby was totally hip and outsold Sinatra. But he couldn't make the jump to rock and roll.

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  3. Damali Ayo on "How To Rent A Negro"

    Damali Ayo runs the website rent-a-negro.com. She's written a book called "How To Rent A Negro."

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  4. Chuck E. Weiss on Being Cool

    Charles Monroe-Kane profiles one of the ultimate hipsters – musician and cult hero Chuck E. Weiss. With lots of music by him and inspired by him.

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  5. Stanley Crouch on "The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity"

    Americans have some pretty messed up ideas about what it means to be authentic.

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