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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.....
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
Great read! I learned so much about early Hip Hop culture. I also gained a better understanding of the early Punk rock culture and how both cultures clashed and merged in the early... Read morePublished 2 months ago
Such a cool book. Really cool artwork and a great shelf, coffee table book for a good price.Published 9 months ago by Timothy J Rixner
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 on March 2, 2014 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
Great concept. Great execution.Owerko does an admirable job as both photographer and curator of chronicling a New York minute of time, and does so with a certain aplomb. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Maxwell Fohrman
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