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128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo's Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between

Written by Thomas Wesley Pentz, Foreword by Alexander Wang, Photographed by Shane McCauley

  • March 27, 2012
  • Trade Paperback
  • Music - General
  • Universe
  • 6-1/4 x 9
  • $29.95
  • $30.00
  • 978-0-7893-2428-3

About This Book

Known internationally as a curator and influencer amongst the world’s top DJs, producers, and artists, Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is at the nexus of music, fashion, and cultural trends. His record label Mad Decent has helped bring Brazilian baile funk, Angolan Kuduro, and other unknown music to clubs around the world, while his work as a producer has brought a unique sound to hits like M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” and Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls).”

128 Beats Per Minute follows Diplo on this fantastic journey, from his involvement with dub reggae in Jamaica to the electro/techno underground in Tel Aviv. Each chapter chronicles his tastes and travels, complete with tweets and playlists, as documented by photographer Shane McCauley. 128 Beats Per Minute provides unique access to the hottest scenes shaping music’s landscape today.

About the Author

Thomas Wesley Pentz, a.k.a. Diplo, is a Philadelphia-based DJ, producer, and songwriter. As the founder of Mad Decent Records and not-for-profit organization Heaps Decent, he has worked with artists including M.I.A., Shakira, Snoop Dogg, and Bruno Mars and is currently working on upcoming albums with Santigold and Chris Brown, among others. Alexander Wang is an American fashion designer and was awarded the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008. Photographer Shane McCauley is a New York-based photographer and film maker. McCauley grew up outside of Philadelphia and met Diplo in 2003 while shooting his now legendary party Hollertronix while on assignment for The Fader Magazine, and they now collaborate on a youth culture column for Vanity Fair. McCauley also shoots for Flaunt, Rolling Stone and Warner Bros. Music Group.


  • "A new book, 128 Beats Per Minute, collects pictures of Diplo hanging out in exotic locales with beautiful people; the Travel Channel wanted to make a show documenting his journeys (it fell through); a Korean beer company paid him $80,000 to play a show with Major Lazer, his whimsical dancehall project; and billion-dollar brands from BlackBerry to Beyoncé have hired him (the former for an ad campaign, the latter for two songs on 4M), hoping that some of his cool will rub off." ~Rolling Stone

    "...this book could easily be the coffee table purchase of the year." ~The Gallant

    "...driven by photographs from former Annie Leibowitz assistant Shane Mccauley, will be released this April by Universe Publishing, an imprint of 'famed Italian purveyor of art tomes' Rizzoli New York." ~Fader Magazine

    "Known internationally as a curator and influencer among the world’s top DJs, producers, and artists, Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is at the nexus of music, fashion, and cultural trends." ~Publishers Weekly

    "Want to travel the globe with a Grammy-nominated DJ? Hitching a ride with Diplo, may prove tricky, but fans can treat themselves to a vicarious excursion with the Mad Decent founder's new book, 128 Beats Per Minute."
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