Posts Tagged ‘Anniversary’

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

40 years ago, hip hop was born in a house party in the Bronx by a Jamaican with a monster sounds system.

20 years ago today, this very day, strange noises were emanating from a small basement bar in Wolverhampton. I can’t believe it was THAT long ago. From a small night in the West Midlands to a regular fixture in people’s calendar from all over.

Tim, the Original Gang of 4 kind of made history; we all did.

Started as an idea during the Acid Jazz thing in the 90’s, but providing an alternative, expanding vision to that trend.

20 Years Ago Today: Stump Juice (5-11-93 Pt 1) by Alph on Mixcloud

I struggled to find a way to mark this occasion. No recording exists of that night, unfortunately – it was fantastic.

I did find a recording, the earliest I could f ind, made 2 months after we opened.

I’d dedicate this to everyone, the crowd, guest DJs ,our regulars, everyone who worked there – you all made it unique & special.

Hopefully, over the months, I’ll find more stuff from, the archive…………..

Style Wars: The Anniversary

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Those of a certain age into hip hop will remember the seminal documentary ‘Style Wars’.

Whilst its primary focus was on the world of Grafitti/ Spray can artists or ‘writers’, it also featured some segment on the b-boys. Those of us hungry for more of the newly-emerging urban subculture seized it, watched it again & again, digesting every frame & factiod. despite having been shot on a budget smaller than a gnat’s hiccup, it is in my opinion, an important part of hip hop history as well as an incredible piece of social documentation.

It’s also one of the few attempts to directly observe, rather than simply cash in on hip hop or youth culture. It’s not perfect & some may question its objectivity but considering the social & political climate in which it was made, it’s incredible it got made at all.

Pitchfork media have done an article about how it came to be made, going back to the artists, film makers, in advance of its 25th anniversary.

You can find the article here.

You can also go to the Style Wars website & see the outtakes.

Here’s an example, with Henry Chalfont discussing the film & the current restoration project:

Anyone who is into hip hop most likely owes a lot to this important piece of film-making. Apparently they need donations to help restore over 30 hours of footage. If you think you can help, donate, if not, just check the website & show them some support.