The first book, the definitive book from HIP-HOP'S ORIGINAL DYNASTY!
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
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 Wu-Tang Manual
Enter the 36 Chambers, Volume One
The RZA - Author
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Penguin Putnam)
Publication Date: 2005
Format: Paperback, 243 pages
Book Type: New