An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history,this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendeza Bronx legendson of Puerto-Rican immigrantswho foundedat the end of the 1960sthe notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhoodwracked by drugspovertyand violencehe managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang trucethe Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildingswhich fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
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