MUSIC: PHOTOGRAPHY & GIFT BOOKS

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Soul Jazz Books

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Flexi, 8.75 x 11.5 in. / 208 pgs / 50 color / 200 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2022 p. 11   

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ISBN 9781916359826 TRADE
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Paris, France
Philarmonie de Paris, 12/21–08/22

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Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84

Photography by Sophie Bramly

Edited by Stuart Baker. Foreword by Bill Adler. Text by Fab 5 Freddy, Arthur Baker, D.ST, Slick Rick, Kool Lady Blue, Afrika Islam, Rahiem from Furious 5, Adam Ad Rock” Horovitz, Run and DMC, Lisa Lee, Lady Pink.

Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84

The birth of hip hop in New York: rare images of the bands, the MCs and DJs, the artists and the fans, from Afrika Bambaataa and Run-DMC to Keith Haring and the Rock Steady Crew

This book features more than 150 rarely seen images documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly. Bramly lived in New York during this period and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene. The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency. These include Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more.

Bramly knew that hip hop was becoming a cultural force rather than just a musical fashion, and spent many hours photographing the four essential elements of this new world: the emcees, the deejays, the graffiti artists and the break dancers. Here you will see legendary graffiti artists captured at work and play, such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and break dancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew.

Bramly’s photographs also chronicle the desolate cityscapes from which hip hop emerged; the energy of the fans who first embraced hip hop; and the crucial players behind the scenes (Bill Laswell, Bernard Zekri, Rick Rubin, Fun Gallery co-owner Patti Astor).

Finally, this book also includes a bonus section documenting the rise of hip hop in Europe. Bramly returned to France in 1984 to find herself once again at the center of a new cultural phenomenon, helping bring the first US hip hop artists to Europe, including Fab Five Freddy, Futura 2000, Rocksteady Crew and many more.


Featured photograph, of Melle Mel and Love Bug Starski backstage after a show, is from 'Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Cent Magazine

Sally Blodgett

Bramly’s photos capture the intimate web woven between the artists forging their own path with the hip-hop movement.

Blind

Rosen Sara

Whether riding the train with FUTURA as he catches a tag, hanging out at home with Rolling Stone backup singer Bernard Fowler and his mother, or spending a night at the club, Bramly’s portraits are filled with warmth and love.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/20/2021

Hot book alert! 'Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84' is NEW from Soul Jazz Books

Hot book alert! 'Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84' is NEW from Soul Jazz Books

Featured photograph—of rapper Darryl Matthews McDaniels, aka DMC of Run-DMC, and DJ Clive Campbell, aka Kool Herc, at the New Music Seminar in midtown Manhattan—is reproduced from Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982–84, French photographer Sophie Bramly's remarkable new collection of rarely-seen snapshots of the emcees, the deejays, the graffiti artists, break dancers and behind-the-scenes players of the early days of NYC hip hop. "Some people ended up being really close friends and they helped me meet others all throughout 1982," Bramley writes. "I was also religiously at the Roxy and every possible hip hop party at all times, but not taking as many photos as I did the following two years, only because no media cared about the hip hop scene at first. But most of my hip hop friends don’t recall me with a camera, I was a party girl in fishnets, so unless I was staging things they rarely noticed if I was with or without a camera." continue to blog


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