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Grand Wizard Theodore

Grand Wizard Theodore

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Grand Wizzard Theodore (1998)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Frank Broughton, Rock's Backpages audio, 2 October 1998

The pioneering hip hop DJ talks about his early days, acting as Grandmaster Flash's record boy; playing his first party in 1975 with the L Brothers; inventing needle drops and scratching; the emergence of the rapping MC; the move downtown and out into the wider world, and the pleasures of touring Japan!

File format: mp3; file size: 71.7mb, interview length: 1h 14' 41" sound quality: ****

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Interview by Angus Batey, New Musical Express, May 1997

DJS KOOL HERC and Grand Wizard Theodore, who recently played in London as support to the Chemical Brothers, may not be up there with yer ...

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Comment by Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, October 2003

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Retrospective by Angus Batey, The Guardian, 13 June 2011

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