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The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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About the Author
Lyle Owerko is a New York–based filmmaker and photographer whose clients have included the Sundance Channel and MTV. He has also directed music videos for artists such as Rufus Wainwright and American Hi-Fi. Owerko shot the cover photograph for the September 11, 2001 issue of Time, which was ranked as one of the 40 most important magazine covers in the past 40 years by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
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The five chapters blend the machines and the music but it's the beautiful in-your-face spread-wide photos of the radios that really grabbed me. Pages eight and nine feature the Conion C100F, thirty-one inches long and sixteen high, a monster which, as the book says: '...designed not just to catch the eyes, but to hold them hostage'. How about the Sharp GF-777 with four giant speakers or the Panasonic RX-A5 with eight speakers. Both machines were capable of pumping out an industrial strength bass that made them essential elements of street culture music. Chapter four: Fast Forward has photos of fifty radios, several one to a spread and they look like they're bursting out of the book. Others are one, two or four to a page. Great photos, too as they are all straight on shots floating on the pages because they have no backgrounds.
Other chapters, with long quotes from fifty-four contributors, cover DJ and the MC, rap, break dancing and hip-hop. Street scene photos from a variety of photographers give all these pages a lift.
The book has a contemporary graffiti design look that I thought worked well with the static radio shots that run throughout the pages. Everything hangs together beautifully though an index for the radios would have been useful.
The book is a visual treat and celebrates that special decade of the boombox and the hood.
***LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
It is really hard to find both in one.
Well, The BoomBox Project is both and more.
It is a journey, a time machine, an inspiration for the future and a very cool object to possess.
Worldwide famous art and journalism photographer Lyle Owerko will never stop to surprise me.
He always is on the edge of the coolest subjects or most dramatic historical events.
With this book, he tells a very important story of the musical and urban culture, with interview to the greatest street musicians of the last 30 years.
His work his remarkable and, as soon as my wallet will allow it, I'll put on my wall one of his amazing large prints.
On the personal side? When I picked up the book and started turning the pages, I felt again in my childhood, like a Peter Pan who jumps stories and ends up in wonderland.
A youthful smile invaded my face and it took me few hours to let it go away.
I love this book and this project... I strongly suggest to everyone...
I have this book sitting front and center on my boombox collection. Really adds to the conversation piece. Highly recommend it for anyone looking to rediscover some of their childhood, or those who want to appreciate days-gone-by, when hip-hop was still in it's infancy and it seemed everyone was writing graffiti.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a cool book. Really cool artwork and a great shelf, coffee table book for a good price.Published 3 months ago by Timothy J Rixner
I was hoping for more about boomboxes
There are a few pics but zero technical or making of info. Read more
This book really covers the hobby of collecting vintage boomboxes well. Looks into the history and is well worth the price just for the photographs, not to mention the many... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jeff Fast
This book is the perfect boomboxes book for radio heads, collectors or just bringing you back to a time of musical freedom!Published on December 7, 2013 by DERRICK LOFTON
My son placed this on his wish list for Christmas, he was very happy and satisfied to receive this gift from us!Published on January 6, 2013 by Sully4252
Beautifully illustrated booked tied into the cultural events of the late 70s and early 80s. Perfect coffee table book for those who grew up in this era or those who wish they did.Published on January 5, 2013 by J. Young