ON NEWSSTANDS NOW! Wax Poetics Magazine Issue #56 – Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop and the Wide World of Soul





Issue 56 Cover 1 (Madlib b/w Kool Herc) celebrates the fortieth anniversary of hip-hop; also included is Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection, Sugar Hill Records house band turned electro/industrial band Tackhead, and wunderkind Mac Miller. Cover 2 (Little Dragon b/w Hiatus Kaiyote) celebrates the Wide World of Soul, representing Sweden and Australia, as well as Scotland (Average White Band), Jamaica (Cultural Roots), Romania (Rodion G.A.), and Japan (Shintaro Sakamoto). Also included: disco remixer John Morales and Bruce Lee soundtracks. Click Here To Purchase or Click Here To Visit WaxPoetics.com.

The Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records Open Vinyl Archive


Gavin Brown’s enterprise and Johan Kugelberg/Boo-Hooray Gallery, together with Afrika Bambaataa, the Universal Zulu Nation and Cornell University Library announce the public archiving of one of the most important record collections in the history of hip-hop: The Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records vinyl archive.

From July 11 through Aug. 10, Kugelberg and his team will be organizing, cataloging and documenting Afrika Bambaataa’s peerless vinyl collection at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Monday through Friday between noon and 5 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by, hear some great music and see how the cultural artifacts of this important strand of American history are preserved.

Open archiving, like an archeological dig or a group of students viewing biological research in a museum, is an important and rarely seen part of the process of documenting history. Before the Afrika Bambaataa archive moves to its permanent home at Cornell University’s Hip Hop Collection in fall 2013, Johan Kugelberg and Gavin Brown’s enterprise offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience what is arguably the most important gathering of vinyl in the history of hip-hop while it is sorted, organized, archived (and DJ’d) in full view of the public.

Please join the Afrika Bambaataa vinyl archive mailing list at afrikab@gavinbrown.biz and follow Gavin Brown’s enterprise on Facebook and Twitter for announcements of visiting DJs playing selections from the archive during the sort.

Originally from the South Bronx, Afrika Bambaataa is among the most influential American DJs. He is considered the godfather of hip-hop culture and was instrumental in the rise of electro funk and break-beat deejaying beginning in the 1980s.


His involvement with Bronx street gang the Black Spades in their transformation into community activists is legendary, as is his founding of the internationally known hip-hop organization Universal Zulu Nation. Bambaataa is responsible for spreading and popularizing hip-hop’s unmistakable sounds and beats alongside its culture throughout the world.

Due to his early use and mixing of drum machines and computer sounds, Bambaataa created signature beats (such as his first widely popular single “Planet Rock” of 1982), which helped fuel the development of other musical genres such as Freestyle or Latin Freestyle, Miami Bass, Electronica, House, Hip House and early Techno. He has consistently made records nationally and internationally, spanning the 1980s into the 2000s.

In 2012, Afrika Bambaataa was appointed to a three-year term as a visiting scholar at Cornell University, where his vinyl collection will reside as part of the Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection, the largest collection on hip-hop culture in the world.

Follow the Hip Hop Collection on Facebook and Twitter, and find Cornell University Library on Facebook and Twitter, too.

The Afrika Bambaataa Master of Records Open Vinyl Archive
July 11 – August 10, 2013
Opening reception: July 11, 2013 / 6-9 PM
Gavin Brown’s enterprise 
620 Greenwich Street, New York 
212 627 5258 
T – Sa, 10AM – 6PM


Sample This – The Story Of The Incredible Bongo Band


The amazing story behind the creation of one of the most influential albums in popular music.

Set against the backdrop of social and political turbulence in the USA of the late 1960s, Sample This tells the amazing story of the creation of one of the most influential albums in popular music. In June 1968 Michael Viner was an aide to Bobby Kennedy. His roommate, ex-NFL star Rosey Grier, was a bodyguard for the aspiring President. They were both there the night when Sirhan Sirhan’s fatal shots rang out in Los Angeles. Grier wrestled the pistol from the killer’s hands while Viner watched stunned from the sidelines. Viner was devastated by the death of Bobby Kennedy and left politics to work for MGM. While there, he was asked to produce the soundtrack for a B-movie, The Thing With Two Heads, which starred his former room-mate Rosey Grier. The resulting album was The Incredible Bongo Band’s Bongo Rock, a commercial failure that nonetheless included the seminal Apache, the track that’s hailed as the foundation of hip-hop. Narrated by Gene Simmons and directed by Dan Forrer, Sample This features new interviews with hip-hop luminaries Questlove, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizzard Theodore and Afrika Bambaataa.

LONDON Screening of Sample This – June 21, 2013 at the British Film Institute