Joe Conzo, Jr. spent the 1970s and 80s photographing the pioneering days of Hip-Hop as well as life in the Bronx. From this collection of photos comes the newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit “Fresh, Wild, Fly and Bold: Photos from the Joe Conzo Jr. Hip-Hop Collection”. The exhibit can be seen at the Museum’s Patty, Jay and Kizzie Baker Gallery. The collection of 26 photographs is courtesy of the Cornell Hip-Hop collection.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
• Hip hop pioneers the Cold Crush Brothers in various settings
• Al Boogie of Shack Crew at Club Negril in 1981
• Paul Newman on the set of “Fort Apache, The Bronx” in 1980
• Kurtis Blow, Mr. Magic, June Bug and JDL backstage at Skatin’ Palace in 1981
• Afrika Bambaataa and Charlie Chase at the Kips Bay Boys Club in 1981
• American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer Tito Puente performing at Old-Timer’s Day
• Various photographs of buildings and people in the Bronx between 1978-1982
The exhibit will remain open through February 2015. For more information about this and other current and upcoming exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, visit rockhall.com/exhibits.
About Joe Conzo, Jr.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Joe Conzo Jr. acquired a flair for photography at the age of nine while attending the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University; later, advancing those skills at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1978, The Cold Crush Brothers would hire Conzo as their official photographer. From there, he would go on to capture images of Latino musician Tito Puente (his father was a close friend to Puente), Celia Cruz, the protests surrounding the film “Fort Apache, The Bronx” (starring Paul Newman) in 1981 and scenes of life and urban decay in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. Conzo’s images have been used in numerous publications, including VIBE, Complex and Esquire, and have also appeared on HBO, VH1 and the 1993 comedy film CB4 starring Chris Rock. His first book Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-hop was released in 2007. Today, Conzo works for the New York City Fire Department, where he is the vice president of emergency services. For more on Joe Conzo, Jr., visit joeconzo.com.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
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