Wondering Sound presents a fantastic oral history of the classic hip-hop movie Beat Street that was based on an article written for the Village Voice.
Jon Chardiet: (Producer Harry Belafonte) told me when we were filming that hip-hop was an urban art form that hadn’t been co-opted by white people. And before it got co-opted by the world and would appear on McDonald’s commercials, he wanted to show it in all of its purity. He felt the movement, the hip-hop movement, was about all of this angst after the ’70s, when you could murder somebody on the street and get away with it. Mr. Belafonte said right at the beginning that this [film] was going to be a positive force for change. [He said] they’re not fighting up in Harlem and the Bronx anymore with guns and knives. They’re having rap battles and dance battles and graffiti battles. They would go into an abandoned house, and they’d run electricity through the lamppost. The movie is a culmination of his vision. People seem to forget that Harry Belafonte — whether you agree with his politics or not — is a major figure in our culture in terms of putting his money where his mouth is consistently for black culture.
‘Beat Street’: The Making of a Hip-Hop Classic (Thanks, Gil!)
The great Patti Smith collaborated with New York City experimental audio artists Soundwalk Collective on the forthcoming LP “Peyote Dance,” a celebration of French avant-garde dramatist and poet Antonin Artaud (1896-1948). I’ve been fascinated with Artaud’s “Theater of Cruelty” since my first exposure to him in my friend Adam Parfrey (RIP) and Bob Black’s seminal […]
In 1986, Chicago’s local TV news discovered the city’s pioneering house music scene, featuring the likes of Farley “Jackmaster” Funk and Steve “Silk” Hurley. From this groove came the groove of all grooves. Below, two classics of the genre: (via r/ObscureMedia)
In the 1970s, the great R&B singer and actor Lou Rawls urged everyone to take their high blood pressure medication. With soul. “Do it for them.” A public service announcement from the Ad Council.
Raspberry Pi is one of the world’s most versatile open-source computers. Alexa is a home automation hub with limitless potential. Together, they’re a dream team for ambitious makers, opening the door to everything from automatic lights to voice-controlled robots. Learning Raspberry Pi is meant to be relatively easy for newbies, but its applications with Alexa […]
Heads up: The clock is winding down on a free-entry contest to win not only one of the best smartphones on the market but a handy pair of earbuds. A simple sign-up is all you need to be eligible to win a 256 GB iPhone XS Max, along with AirPods. And while “free” is tough […]
Kudos to those of us who have chosen a less wasteful third option to “paper or plastic” at the supermarket or club stores. Tote bags are reusable, but they can be a pain to tote around. Here’s an upgrade to that planet-saving measure. The Club Cart Lotus Trolley Bag is that rare tote you’ll want […]