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Sunday, March 25 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Roundtable: These Are the Breaks: How a Few Dozen Obscure Records Transformed the World of Pop Music

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A select group of sounds familiar only to a small group of folks within a few square miles in the Bronx of the mid-1970s became the rhythmic foundation of global pop music for the next two decades. How and why did this convergence of urban geography and music history happen? And what were the consequences?

With: Kool DJ Red Alert, Nick deKreshewo, Bill Stephney, and Brian Coleman

Moderator: Dan Charnas


Kool DJ Red Alert

DJ Red Alert, one of Afrika Bambaataa’s original Zulu Nation DJs, is one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop music and culture. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone, and is featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Dan Charnas

Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin), is also the co-author of Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). He was VP of A&R for Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and wrote for The Source magazine.   Abstract:"These... Read More →

Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the author of Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies (Random House/Villard). He has written for Scratch, URB, Wax Poetics, CMJ, Complex, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, XXL, The Source, and NY Press, among others.   Abstract:"These Are The Breaks... Read More →

Nick deKreshewo

Nick deKreshewo is the founder of Downstairs Records in Manhattan. A specialist in rare 45-rpm records, DeKreshewo transformed Downstairs Records in the 1970s and 1980s into the unofficial home of breakbeats, and continues operating Downstairs Records as an Internet and mail-order... Read More →

Bill Stephney

Bill Stephney was the first president of Def Jam Recordings and the co-founder and co-producer of the legendary group Public Enemy. Stephney was music supervisor for a number of major motion pictures including Boomerang, CB-4, The Ladies Man, and Clockers.   Abstract:"These Are... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th Floor 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY