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Hip-Hop, Clubs and Pop Culture of Bronx, NYC in the 1980s by Shopie Bramly

Sophie Bramly photographed clubs and culture in the Bronx from 1982 to 1984. There was a new sound and look in the Bronx at the time.Her pictures of breakdancers auditioning for the movie Beat Street at the Roxy (515 West 18th Street), such as Mr Freeze with his boombox. There was a new sound and look in the Bronx at the time. MCs and graffiti are compiled in the book Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982-84, published by Soul Jazz Books.

Mixer D. St. said,

All these photos speak of a time that is so special, is never coming back and changed the world.

#1 Futura and Keith Haring at the Fun gallery

Futura and Keith Haring at the Fun gallery

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#2 Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc at the Zulu Nation anniversary party, Bronx River Center

Afrika Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc at the Zulu Nation anniversary party, Bronx River Center

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#4 Zephyr and Fab Five Freddy at the Beat Street audition at the Roxy, 1984

Zephyr and Fab Five Freddy at the Beat Street audition at the Roxy, 1984

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#5 B-Side, Amad Henderson (co-founder of the Zulu Nation) and Afrika Bambaataa, in front of Greene Street Recordings

B-Side, Amad Henderson (co-founder of the Zulu Nation) and Afrika Bambaataa, in front of Greene Street Recordings

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#6 The Beasite Boys

The Beasite Boys

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#7 The Bronx River Center

The Bronx River Center

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#8 Scorpio of the Furious Five backstage.

Scorpio of the Furious Five backstage.

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#9 Muhamad, of the Magnificent Force Breakdance Crew, at The Bronx River Center

Muhamad, of the Magnificent Force Breakdance Crew, at The Bronx River Center

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#10 Grandmixer D.ST

Grandmixer D.ST

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#11 Futura takes the Subway

Futura takes the Subway

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#12 The Roxy

The Roxy

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#14 D.ST at home in his recording studio

D.ST at home in his recording studio

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#15 At the auditions for Beat Street

At the auditions for Beat Street

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