"Born in the Bronx is a fascinating chronicle of the early days when the beats were more important than the bling." -- Nov 2007 FILTER MAGAZINE
"Born in the Bronx takes it back to 1977, when NYC shutterbug Joe Conzo began snapping urgent, candid pictures of local shows, where a revolutionary new sound could be heard." -- Nov 2007 **ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"tells the story of hip-hop's pre-80s "baby steps" through the work of photographer Joe Conzo and party flyer-designer Buddy Esquire...edited, curiously, by punk historian Johan Kugelberg..." -- XLR8R Sept 2007
"And before you put away your cardboard breakdancing mat, you might want to pick up Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop, a new book edited by Johan Kugelberg and featuring photos by hip-hop chronicler Joe Conzo, as well as a wealth of info from the era, from flyers by Buddy Esquire to essays from folks who were there." -- Nov 07 *E! ONLINE
"Through Conzo' lens, hip hop was about style, new voices, and most importantly, getting into the club for free." -- Oct 07 FADER MAGAZINE
About the Author
Johan Kugelberg is a writer and the curator of the exhibition of Joe Conzo’s photographs Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop. Joe Conzo grew up in the Bronx and is considered hip-hop’s first photographer. Afrika Bambaataa is one of the founding fathers of hip hop culture and the creator of the Zulu Nation. Jeff Chang is the bestselling author of the award-winning Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation.