Oct. 31 – Nov. 1: Hip Hop Pioneers, Legends & Academics @ Cornell University’s Hip Hop Conference, Ithaca NY


Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Joe Conzo Jr., Charlie Ahearn,
GrandWizzard Theodore, Pebblee Poo, DJ Tony Tone, DJ Disco Wiz, Roxanne Shante, Popmaster Fabel, J.Rocc, Johan Kugelberg, Tricia Rose, Jeff Chang and Mark Anthony Neal will travel to Ithaca, NY, to speak and/or perform at a two-day conference celebrating Cornell University Library’s acquisition of “Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop,” a collection that documents the early days of Hip Hop with recordings, photographs, posters and more.

Events on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 will include music, performances and lectures by several Hip Hop pioneers and legends and roundtable discussions led by prominent speakers from the Hip Hop and academic communities. Cornell University Library will host the event, which will highlight the one-of-a-kind historical materials.

“By paying tribute to those who laid the foundation, we tell our own history,” Bambaataa said. “Preserving Hip Hop’s early years will help future generations understand the places they come from.”

The conference and celebration marks the official opening of Cornell University Library’s one-of-a-kind collection documenting the early days of Hip Hop, featuring nearly 1,000 sound recordings, the photographic archive of Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, Jr. and a collection of more than 500 original party fliers designed by Buddy Esquire.

Registration is free but space is limited.
Register today at http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop

Schedule: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop/conference_sched.html
Visiting Cornell: http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/hiphop/visitor.html

Press contact: rareref@cornell.edu

Thursday, October 30, 2008: 7pm. Screening: Wild Style & Bongo Barbershop with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn. 1983. USA. Directed by Charlie Ahearn. 1 hr 25 min. With Grand Master Caz, Cold Crush Brothers, Fantastic 5, Grandmaster Flash @ Cornell Cinema. Info