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Born in the Bronx: An Original Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop [Hardcover]

Johan Kugelberg
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Book Description

1 Nov 2007
Hip hop first became a part of the mainstream music industry in the early 1980s, when major record labels released albums from such accessible groups as Run DMC and the Sugarhill Gang. But the true origins of one of the most powerful pop-cultural influences in the world are in the spontaneous, progressive musical culture that grew out of tough Bronx neighborhoods of the 1970s and led to a renaissance of poetry, music, and fashion.Through years of research, writer and curator Johan Kugelberg has pulled together the scattered remains of a movement that never had its eye on posterity. The book includes the improvisational artwork of previously unpublished street flyers of the era, Polaroids buried for decades in basements across the Bronx, and testimonials from influential figures such as Tony Tone, LA Sunshine, and Charlie Chase. Through the work of pioneering hip-hop photographer Jow Conzo–the man The New York Times calls “the chronicler who took hip hop’s baby pictures”–Born in the Bronx presents a unique introduction to an explosive and experimental period in music history.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing Inc.,U.S. (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315403
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Hip Hop!!! 18 Sep 2008
Format:Hardcover
I can really recommend this book to all TRUE HIPHOPHEADS!!
It take's you back to the time when hiphop was pure and fresh.
Great and rare photo's of the Cold Crush Brothers, Kool dj Herc ,
Busy Bee, Kool Moe Dee and the historical party flyers by Buddy Esquire.
With a foreword by the master Afrika Bambaataa!
Many respect for Johan Kugelberg and Joe Conzo, who was the
first photographer of these fresh days of HipHop.
It also contains a Hip Hop map of the Bronx with all the spots
where it all began.
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3.0 out of 5 stars flyers and photos from the era 15 April 2008
By William D. Tompkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The best part of this book is the way is was edited. The flyers are cool and the text is ok. The photos are so-so--more valued because they are a record of--not a collection of great images. If you're a fan of hip-hop--this is it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old School True School 28 Dec 2007
By William T. Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is very similar in content as " Yes Yes Y'all" especially the pictures within the book. The next best thing to time travel to the Boogie Down Bronx to see hip hop's genesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the Days... 23 Jan 2011
By devans723 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is where it all begun. Thirty years ago, the birth of hip hop occurred, spread at house parties and dancehalls throughout the Bronx. "Born in the Bronx" is primarily a catalog of party flies designed by Buddy Esquire, a renowned graphic artist during the late 1970's and early 1980's. " Born in the Bronx" also displays photos from the parties that these fliers advertised, many of theme were parties where the Cold Crush Four and the Furious Five. For those who appreciate hip hop history, it's a must have.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST VISUAL RECORD OF HIP HOP AVAILABLE! 7 Jan 2010
By L. Kerehi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An absolute must for any Hip Hop Hed! The best recordings available of the beginnings of Hip Hop visually is all found right here in this book!
2.0 out of 5 stars Born in the Bronx:A visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop 5 Oct 2009
By Edward Pabellon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Its not what i expected but if you like hip hop then you would enjoy the book
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