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Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984 [Paperback]

Martha Cooper

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March 1 2006
Hip hop culture emerged from an environment of extreme deprivation and decay in the South Bronx, New York City. The concept of pure invention-of creating something from nothing-was in full effect at the end of the 1970s as graffiti ("borrowed" spray paint), breaking (cardboard as dance floor), and outdoor jams (electricity source: the base of street lights) captured the attention of urban youth, coalescing into new forms of artistic expression. Fortunately, photographer Martha Cooper was at the right place at the right time to document the people that created the music, dance, and art that became known worldwide. Cooper followed people who would one day become icons: the Rock Steady Crew, Fab 5 Freddy, DURO and DONDI, LADY PINK, and Afrika Bambaataa, to name a few. Now, Martha Cooper has the reputation of being the first and foremost photographer of hip hop culture in New York City. While the publication of Cooper's photographs in the early 80s disseminated the culture both at home and abroad, her new book, Hip Hop Files: Photographs 1979-1984, makes a significant part of her extensive and unique archive accessible for the first time. From 1999 to 2003, the German hip hop head and music publisher Akim Walta tracked down the subjects in Cooper's legendary shots and conducted numerous interviews obtaining insightful quotes and statements to accompany and add voices to the photographs. Other members of the early hip hop scene, including ZEPHYR, Charlie Ahearn, FABEL, and Patti Astor, contribute text and essays, adding fresh data to the growing body of hip hop history. "Marty's pictures capture the exact moment when hip hop traveled from the Bronx uptown, downtown to the Manhattan nightclub and gallery scene. The photos and movies were suddenly in the works and (through her pictures) "discovered" by the press and then seen by the rest of the world." (Charlie Ahearn)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books/From Here to Fame; 1 edition (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3937946055
  • ISBN-13: 978-3937946054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,611,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is REAL Hip Hop!!!!! Nov. 28 2005
By Thomas Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Being from this era,this book brings back a ton of great memories.The photos in this book are amazing,so crisp and vibrant.It doesn't seem like it was 2o+ years ago.This book will explain to you what is REAL HIP HOP(MCing,Breaking,Graffit},NOT the garbage they consider Hip Hop today.Looking at these photos it's hard to believe how young we were.Seeing old friends and classmates put a big smile on my face knowing that WE were there when it all started!GREAT book Marty!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous resource Aug. 11 2005
By Janeite2001 - Published on Amazon.com
I lived in NYC in the 70's and 80's and witnessed the rise of subway graffiti and the beginnings of break dancing. This book brings it all back -- in a GOOD way. Reading it, you can understand why poor urban kids went to such lengths to make a mark for themselves. No one cared at first but Martha Cooper, who earned their respect and documented their achievements with her fine photographs. This book is a monument to those unsung teenage artists and the photographer who recognized and publicized their talents.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Icons don't lie ... Nov. 23 2004
By Akim Walta - Published on Amazon.com
"Like a New York City subway ride back to the early 1980s. This is Hip Hop culture at its all time best. A monumental photographic achievement for the world. It doesn't get any better than this!" FAB 5 FREDDY

"Marty Cooper was the first Hip Hop photographer and she remains the best."

STEVEN HAGER, author of Hip Hop: The Illustrated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music, and Graffiti

"Forget the limos and the bling-bling and take a ride back to the real deal. This book is destined to become the Bible for the Hip Hop Nation-don't miss the train!" PATTI ASTOR, founder FUN Gallery

"Martha Cooper's latest book is way beyond Hip Hop. It captures New York, as well as creation, desperation, and exhilaration. Hot buttered popcorn!" BOBBITO aka DJ CUCUMBER SLICE, author of Where'd You Get Those?, columnist for Vibe Magazine

"Gripping, broadly documented cultural record of Hip Hop's audacious, street-smart, and hyper-creative early years. Cooper's photographs brim over with energy, passion, and a raw stylishness. Hip Hop Files is a richly celebratory tribute."

GEORGE PITTS, director of photography of Vibe Magazine

"Young'uns who think that Hip Hop is what they see on MTV need to pick up Martha Cooper's Hip Hop Files today. Her beautifully-composed photos put you right in the thick of the action, New York City-stylee, 1979-1984. BILL ADLER, author of Tougher than Leather: the Rise of Run-DMC owner of Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery

"This book is the most definitive schematic look into the origins of a global cultural voice." LEE

"The best of New York street art of the past twenty-five years has been kept alive by the brilliant photographs of Martha Cooper." JEFFREY DEITCH, Deitch Projects

"Marty's curiosity and insight about cultures world wide has made us all want photographs that teach as well as entertain. Without her unique photographic collection, this culture might have been ignored, overlooked or misunderstood. Marty bravely and tirelessly dedicated herself to recording the Hip Hop world by becoming part of it. Here you have an insiders view." SUSAN WELCHMAN, photo editor, National Geographic magazine

"Martha is so awesome to have documented our movement and our culture. With all of the obvious photos she took, capturing time and history with every click, I feel her passion for us. Her contribution to the expansion and influence of the urban art form becoming a global phenomenon cannot be understated. Martha Cooper was an (embedded) photographer with the troops on the frontlines. In two words: THANK YOU!" FUTURA 2000
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dont sleep get it while you can March 15 2005
By HOKESE - Published on Amazon.com
i got this book not long ago,i have alot of graff and hip hop books and this is one of the best.it never drags on for to long on one subject.it has basically put like ten graff and hip hop books into one then they took out the bull###t and left us with one dope book.highly recomemened..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book Oct. 10 2005
By Barbara Glass - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book! The photographs are powerful, and you can't find anything even close to their documentary quality anywhere else. The text is also interesting and includes quotes from a variety of people--the author, the hip hop performers themselves, and other scholars.

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