Cornell Unveils Hip-Hop Collection
Fri, 24 Oct 2008 10:41:38
Cornell University has rounded up an impressive lineup of hip-hop pioneers for the launch of "Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop," a collection of nearly 1,000 pieces of music, art, photos, books, magazines and more. Afrika Bambaataa will led a roundtable discussion during a two-day conference next weekend, one that also features Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Popmaster Fable, Tony Tone, Disco Wiz, and Kool Lady Blue. Jeff Chang and Conzo—who contributed to Johan Kugelberg's Born in the Bronx book along with Bambaataa—will also speak at the event.
"We want the community at large to celebrate hip-hop's contributions to American culture through a better understanding of its origins, which are the focus of this unique collection," Katherine Reagan, curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at Cornell University Library, said in a statement.
"By paying tribute to those who laid the foundation, we tell our own history," added Bambaataa. "Preserving hip-hop's early years will help future generations understand the places they come from."
For details on Cornell's free hip-hop programs, head over to http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop/.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff