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The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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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.
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.
There are a few pics but zero technical or making of info.
Instead this is a book of ver similar anecdotes about those who owned boxes when they were a new thing in their youth and the freedom it gave them in their ultra urban world. 'My music , anywhere, anytime, even if they don't like it' is a fake example of a common quote in here. Hip hop heads may enjoy it more but I really didn't as I wanted to read about boomboxes not the feelings about boomboxes by the people who carried them in the early eighties.....