Books by Ivan Sanchez
Ivan Sanchez was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1972. He left the inner city in 1993, and earned an associate's degree in applied science from Virginia's ECPI College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix.He currently holds a supervisory position with a major manufacturing organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and works as a youth advocate and motivational speaker in his spare time. Ivan Sanchez was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1972. He left the inner city in 1993, and earned an associate's degree in applied science from Virginia's ECPI College of Technology and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He currently holds a supervisory position with a major manufacturing organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and works as a youth advocate and motivational speaker in his spare time.
NEXT STOP: GROWING UP WILD-STYLE IN THE BRONX
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Beyond the safety of New York City's news headlines, Next Stop is a train ride into the heart of the Bronx during the late eighties and early nineties at the height of the crack epidemic, a tumultuous time when hip-hop was born and money-hungry slumlords were burning down apartment buildings with tenants still inside. From one stop to the next, this gritty memoir follows Ivan Sanchez and his crew on their search for identity and an escape from poverty in a stark world where street wars and all-night symphonies of crime and drug-fueled mayhem were as routine as the number 4 train.
In the game, the difference between riches and ruin was either a bullet or a lucky turn away. Almost driven insane by the poverty, despair, and senseless violence, Ivan left it all behind and moved to Virginia, but the grotesque images and voices of the dead continued to haunt him. This book honors the memories of those who died. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, Next Stop shares with a whole new generation the insights and hard lessons Ivan learned.
ITS JUST BEGUN: THE EPIC JOURNEY OF DJ DISCO WIZ, HIP HOP's First Latino DJ
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It's Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop's First Latino DJ is a biographical composition written by Ivan Sanchez, author of Next Stop: Growing up Wild Style in The Bronx .
Luis "Disco Wiz" Cedeno was born in the Bronx during one of the most difficult economic and social times in the boroughs history.
New York could have claimed Wiz as just another statistic for the politicians to use in their numbers as they made cases for more financial contributions, only to turn around and line their pockets with the monetary gains, while the poor got poorer.
However, Wiz's destiny wasn't one that would allow him to become a number, nor a statistic. He had other plans and he had a name, a name which would go on to carry weight in the streets of the Bronx and eventually the world over.
DJ Disco Wiz wouldn't allow history to define him... He would choose to define history. Wiz's story is one of determination, adversity, discrimination, poverty and violence... a true tale of survival of the fittest and one that only he can share with the world. "It's Just Begun" documents Wiz's life and follows him through a rough childhood, his teenage years running with the East Side Boys in the Bronx and his eventual partnership with the legendary Grandmaster Caz, an unlikely meeting which would prove to make them both pioneers in the Hip Hop history books.
This is not a book about Hip Hop... It's a book about one man's struggles to survive the un-survivable, live the unimaginable and come out on the other side with a story to tell and a million lessons to be taught and passed on to the next generation.
Sit up and pay attention, you just might learn something... this is the story of the legendary DJ Disco Wiz.