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Fab 5 Freddy

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Fab 5 Freddy (1998)

Interview by Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 5 October 1998

From teenage dancing to Grandmaster Flowers in Brooklyn to Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, via the early days of hip hop, making Wild Style with Charlie Ahearn, bringing uptown DJs to downtown clubs and art galleries — Freddy was there and tells all about it.

File format: mp3; file size: 74.1mb, interview length: 1h 20' 53" sound quality: ****

Kool Lady Blue (1998)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 29 September 1998

Ruza "Kool Lady" Blue talks about moving to New York, working for Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood; getting into club promotion, and meeting Afrika Bambaataa and the Rock Steady Crew; going up to the Bronx and the Disco Fever club; starting her night at Club Negril, then moving to the Roxy; the diversity of the scene; hip hop exploding, and Bam and 'Planet Rock'; the importance of the DJs rather than the MCs; taking Trevor Horn up to the Bronx, and the Rock Steady Crew playing the Royal Variety Performance and meeting the Queen!

File format: mp3; file size: 48.1meg, interview length: 50' 06" sound quality: ***

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In Praise of Graffiti: The Fire Down Below

Report by Richard Goldstein, The Village Voice, 24 December 1980

  JOHN LINDSAY hated graffiti. He vowed to wipe it off the face of the IRT, and allocated $10 million to its obliteration. But the application ...

Bucking the Bronx with the B-Boys

Report by Richard Grabel, New Musical Express, 6 February 1982

"B-BOYS, ARE you ready, are you ready, are you ready?" ...

Fab 5 Freddy: Streetbeat, Albany Empire, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, The Guardian, 12 September 1983

ONCE DISMISSED as a novelty, rapping has proved its durability, and as soon as you think it has died another wave of influence appears. As ...

Wild Style! Director: Charlie Ahearn, Starring: Freddie Braithwaite, Patti Astor, Lee Quinones, Pink Pabares (ICA)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 10 September 1983


Fab 5 Freddy & Max Roach: Hip Hop Bebop

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Spin, October 1988

Max Roach says the new Charlie Parkers are in hip hop. The inventor of modern jazz drumming celebrates the new generation with wild stylist Fab ...


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