Posted in hiphop | music | music history on January 15, 2008

1520 Sedgwick

The building, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, would be just another one of the flurry of Mitchell-Lama buildings that have changed hands over the past few years, were it not for its community room. It was there, in 1973, that Clive Campbell, known as D.J. Kool Herc, started turning the tables at community parties, producing a sound, a rhythm and a style that spilled out into the nearby parks and streets and, later, to the world. Mr. Campbell was living in the building at the time with his sister, Cindy Campbell. [NY Times]

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Comments (8)

man. that's messed up on so many levels.

Posted by heathcliff berru | January 15, 2008 8:57 PM

man. that's messed up on so many levels.

Posted by heathcliff | January 15, 2008 8:57 PM

man. that's messed up on so many levels.

Posted by heathcliff | January 15, 2008 8:57 PM

man. that's messed up on so many levels. i hope that shit shit within the community

Posted by heathcliff | January 15, 2008 8:57 PM

agreed...downright depressing. i hope the tenants win, but it sounds doubtful.

Posted by nayomi | January 15, 2008 10:22 PM

One of our guys over at Highbrid Nation did a nice post on DJ Kool Herc saving the "birthplace of hip hop". How sad would it be to have such a historic landmark destroyed? It's so important that people of the hip hop culture don't lose our roots.

Posted by Mike Belgrove | March 4, 2008 11:31 AM

Holy crap. My parents recently moved in next door (no kidding, that's their building in the background, and the bodega we hit up is in the shot too.) I've passed this building all the time without knowing. One would never know otherwise that this is something of a landmark of a movement the Bronx is known for worldwide.

Posted by Kei | April 1, 2008 11:58 PM

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