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“Unforgettable Galveston Characters” Book Signing Oct. 13th

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Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 23rd St. in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)750-8200 or go to galvestonbookshop.com.

Saturday, October 13th (12 Noon-2pm) – “Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop” by Lance Scott Walker

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for Lance Scott Walker and his history of Houston area rap and hip-hop.

The neighborhoods of Fifth Ward, Fourth Ward, Third Ward, and the Southside of Houston gave birth to a unique branch of rap, and a vibrant music scene that has produced globally recognized artists including Geto Boys, DJ Screw, Pimp C and Bun B of UGK, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Z-Ro, Lil’ Troy, and Paul Wall.

Lance Scott Walker and photographer Peter Beste spent a decade documenting Houston’s scene, interviewing and photographing the rappers, DJs, producers, promoters, and record label owners who give rap music from the Bayou City its distinctive character. Their collaboration produced the books Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes.

This second edition of Houston Rap Tapes amplifies the city’s hip-hop history through new interviews with Scarface, Slim Thug, Lez Moné, B L A C K I E, Lil’ Keke, and Sire Jukebox of the original Ghetto Boys. Walker groups the interviews into sections that track the different eras and movements in Houston rap, with new photographs and album art revealing the evolution of the scene from the 1970s to today’s hip-hop generation. The interviews range from the specifics of making music to the passions, regrets, memories, and hopes that give it life.

Copyright 2018, University of Texas Press, Soft cover, $29.95

Saturday, October 13th (3-5pm) – “Unforgettable Galveston Characters” by Jan Johnson

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for native Galvestonian Jan Johnson and her new book exploring the island’s history through its remarkable people.

From financiers of the Texas Revolution to contestants in the Pageant of Pulchritude, the shores of Galveston enticed and cultivated a host of memorable men and women.

Bishops and bookies, concert pianists and cotton tycoons—all left an indelible print on their remarkable city. Magnolia Willis Sealy and the members of the Women’s Health Protective Association reshaped the ravages of the Great Storm into the glories of the Oleander City. The benevolent activism of Norris Wright Cuney transformed the social landscape, while actress Charlotte Walker and painter Boyer Gonzales Sr. extended the island’s cultural reach abroad. In Unforgettable Galveston Characters, Jan Johnson has assembled a most welcome history of Galveston’s many fascinating characters.

Jan Johnson is a 5th generation “BOI,” a freelance writer, and a tour guide with over 25 years experience. She has written two local guidebooks, “Walking Historic Galveston,” and “Off the Beaten Paths: Driving Historic Galveston.”

Copyright 2018, The History Press, Soft cover, $23.99

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