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The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy

The business marketing genius at the forefront of today’s entertainment marketing revolution helps corporate America get hip to today’s new consumer—the tan generation.

When Fortune 500 companies need to reenergize or reinvent a lagging brand, they call Steve Stoute. In addition to marrying cultural icons with blue-chip marketers, Stoute has helped identify and activate a new generation of consumers. He traces how the “tanning” phenomenon raised a generation of black, Hispanic, white, and Asian consumers who have the same “mental complexion” based on shared experiences and values, rather than the increasingly irrelevant demographic boxes that have been used to a fault by corporate America. Stoute believes there is a language gap that must be bridged in order to engage the most powerful market force in the history of commerce.

The Tanning of America provides that very translation guide. Drawing from his company’s case studies, as well as from extensive interviews with leading figures in multiple fields, Stoute presents an insider’s view of how the transcendent power of popular culture is helping reinvigorate and revitalize the American dream.

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Richard T Conley says:

A well written view of hip-hop, history, and modern culture. I picked up this book because of a recommendation from my brother. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which hip-hop and urban sensibilities have shaped American and westernized culture as a whole. Steve Stoute brings a level of professionalism and authenticity, coincidentally two very important topics outlined in this book, to tales of the struggles of early hip-hop and the trials of its artists to be recognized as such. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a fresh, unbiased…

dubs says:

Masterful 0

Colleen says:

Just OK – lacked focus I saw this book written up in Business Week, and was pretty excited to read it. However I thought it lacked focus – was it a history of hip hop? was it Steve’s memoir? was it a guide to incorporate tanning into your business model? The book gets SO close to being each of these, but follows through on none. Dissapointing in that regard, but still full of interesting facts and antecdotes on our culture.Also, Steve grossly overuses the adjective “unapologetic”. This was very…

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