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.
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.