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Janette Beckman — Hip Hop Years New York 1982–1992

Janette Beckman — Hip Hop Years New York 1982–1992

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36 pages
printed in England
staple bound
14cm x 20cm

Cover Daddy O Stetsasonic in East New York 1988
2-3  B Boys in London for first Hip Hop show to come to Europe 1982
4  Futura in London 1982
5  Rocksteady Crew breakdancing in front of a mural by Bill Blast at Rocksteady Park Harlem 1983
6-7 Fab 5 Freddy and Rammellzee at the hotel in Victoria, London for first Hip Hop show to come to Europe 1982 Shot for Melody Maker story.
8 Double Dutch girls onstage for first Hip Hop show to come to Europe 1982 Shot for Melody Maker.
9 Breakdancer at the Roxy NYC 1983
10-11 Crowd at ‘Crack is Wack’ concert in Coney Island, Brooklyn 1986
12 UTFO on the steps of their school in Brooklyn 1986
13 The Real Roxanne wearing a shirt by Shirt King Phade Brooklyn 1986
14 Double Destiny, Crosby Street NYC 1988
15 Twin Towers outside Astor Barbershop NYC 1994
16 -17  LL Cool J and posse outside the Jones Diner, Lafayette Street NYC 1986
18 Jam Master J at home NYC 1991
19 King Sun on 125th Street Harlem 1987 The gate is painted by the ‘Picasso of Harlem’.
20 KRS-One and Ms Melodie in Brooklyn 1988
21 Brooklyn kids 1995
22 Noel on the Lower East Side NYC 1988
23 NKRU on the Lower East Side NYC 1992
24 Kid with boom box at the ‘Crack is Wack’ Coney Island, Brooklyn 1986
25 MC Lyte and posse, Brooklyn 1986
26-27  Shadow,  Brooklyn 1989
28 Donald D in Los Angeles 1990
29 Salt ’n Pepa on the Lower East Side 1986. My first photo shoot with the band
30-31 Leaders of the New School on top of a school bus, Long Island 1991. Check out young Busta Rhymes on left.
32-33  MC EZ & Troup aka Craig Mack and his posse Babylon, Long Island 1990
34 Boogie Down Productions aka KRS-One and Scott La Rock outside the Police Station on East 5th street 1987
35 Chuck D outside Def Jam records on Elizabeth street 1988
Back cover:  Set list written by Chuck D, for Public Enemy concert at Roseland NYC.

British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands including the Clash, the Specials, Boy George and the Jam as well as three Police album covers.

Drawn to the underground hip-hop scene, she moved to NYC in 1983 and photographed pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grand Master Flash, LL Cool J and more.

Beckman has published four books : ‘Made in the UK, Music of Attitude 1977-1982’, ‘The Breaks Stylin’ and Profilin’1982-1990’ ‘El Hoyo Maravilla’ and in 2018 ‘The MashUp’ a collection of her Hip Hop photographs reinterpreted by legendary graffiti artists.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York, Marseille Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe, and the Tokyo Nakamura Keith Haring Collection

She lives and works in New York for clients including Levi’s and Dior.

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