‘Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs’ chronicles the rise of rap music

THE EARLY DAYS OF HIP-HOP come alive in all their beautiful, vivid detail at the newly opened “Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper.”

The exhibition presents captivating images from the early years of a now-global culture rooted in the streets of New York, through the work of three city-based photographers.

Joe Conzo grew up in South Bronx with a passion for photography. At 17, he was right in the thick of hip-hop’s grassroots, documenting scenes from gigs at high school gymnasiums and uptown clubs. The Cold Crush Brothers and Run DMC are among the groups featured in his photographs.

“It was an innocent time,” Conzo told amNewYork. “We were just kids, we didn’t know anything better than what we grew up in. It was rough, but it was OK.” >>READ MORE

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Source: Keira Alexander || amNewYork || April 2015

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