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#61 docs

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 06:09 PM

Totally agree rbj, but in press it makes it all the more lovely. :-D

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 11:53 PM

Continuing to read it tonight... I thought the write up by James was really good. He mentioned several brands and models that he and I have swapped over the years too. It just made this book personal for me. I could only afford a cheap Realistic mono back in the day, as I was a bit young during the hype years. So... as a collector now, I dont feel as connected to the story as others might.

So at least one of us got a 'prototype' of this book? With 3D glasses and imagery? Id like to get my mitts on one!

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 01:09 AM

I got my copy yesterday and I must agree with the majority...although it is a unique way to process the photos, I am kind of a purist in that I enjoy the boxes the way they actually look to the human eye. I enjoyed the pictures taken in the street shots much more as they reminded me of my youth. My favorite picture in the book is the one of Grandmaster Flash and Tina Weymouth, he holding an M70 and she holding an M9994...two of my favorite boxes!!. All in all I feel this book is a must have for any collector or anyone who loves boomboxes or the boombox era. Easily the best $16 I have spent... :-D

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 03:30 PM

I can't wait to get my copy and read something thats worth sitting down and just flow with. :yes:

#65 Old school Scott

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:45 PM

I enjoy the book and the pictures are superb.
These photos are works of art, not photos just to show the box but to show the beauty of design
By shooting them straight on and processing, the photographer flattens the image.
The eye is directed to look at the beautiful design of the box instead of the gloss and 3d perspective.
Not everyone is a boombox collector , so these photos are for everyone.
So that the world can see the beauty of the variety of designs these machines had to offer.

Well done Lyle

Cheers OSS :afro:

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:44 PM

Got a copy of the book this weekend too! As a newbie to this hobby, I am really enjoying this book.
-Mark

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:27 PM

thats cool , mark --
there really a lot to read and look at and learn for all of us

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:06 AM

Got my book today and am staggered by it's content.
The sheer scope of what's included is just outstanding work by Lyle.
The photography is just beautiful, what you see in the photos of Lyle's online is almost misrepresentative of how amazing his shots are.
Seeing the photos in print resolution makes the boxes look so tactile and downright epic. I LOVE seeing the wear, scratches and little
distinguishing features that show their true personailities and character. I was so very wrong when I originally saw Lyle's photos on here
and didn't 'get' them. In print it alll makes sense!

Can't wait to read the book from cover to cover, it's going to be a phenmonal ride and great education.
This book gives so much and asks so little that anyone with the remotest interest in our hobby would be remiss to get a copy.

And this should prove to being the ULTIMATE tool to get all those naysaying unbelievers who 'don't get it' to understanding what collecting and enjoying boomboxes is all about.



Rock On.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 08:46 AM

And this should prove to being the ULTIMATE tool to get all those naysaying unbelievers who 'don't get it' to understanding what collecting and enjoying boomboxes is all about.



Someone should send a copy to Spike Lee... :dunce:

I am still scratching my head on that one... why would they not find someone who actually likes boomboxes to write the forward. Spike Lee is an arse.... :thumbsdown:

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 03:56 PM

I think his line about 'not missing boomboxes' is keeping well in context with his earlier points about how he wasn't the kind of person that would ever carry one.
When he said they were too big for him to carry and he didn't have the kind of personaility to blast music that only he may have enjoyed it sounded to me like this aspect of street culture wasn't something he wasn't comfortable partaking in and it came across to me like he was a little bitter about it. Hence him being so pleased about the popularity of the walkman as this was something he could use and enjoy.

It's not the 'best possible ever' foreword in this respect, but it certainly gave me an interesting insight into how some people can see the boombox for only what it is on the surface and not have any real deeper connection.



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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:39 PM

I just got the boom box project book really great box wonderful pics i already got my lil bro doing a book project on it for his class :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 06:37 AM

doublepost :blush:

#73 JVC838

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 06:43 AM

All is genuine:

My GRUnDIG, my cassete, my book...



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Posted 17 October 2010 - 08:36 AM

ralf = world famous

:yes: :yes: :yes:

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Posted 17 October 2010 - 09:13 AM

Ach, du lieber Gott in Himmel du hosenscheisser JVC838....

In English, (my Translation)....Nice Boombox & Pic. Congrats

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 04:43 AM

mine arrived yesterday, and its very nice done, even like the foreword by spike lee :afro: , just flipped the pages, now im gonna spend some time with it :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 02:42 PM

Great book ! Even sent lyle an email to let him know that it will turn out to be not only cherished by boombox collectors, but to anyone who came of age in the era.

Time was spent finding vintage photos of boxes in use. Remember, back then there were no cel phones to snap pictures, and not many people carried 35 mm cameras around the city streets. Of course a good deal in the book are by photographers......I think my favorite is of David Byrne boarding what looks to be a Boeing 707 - off to another land with his bbx :-) This one was shot by Lynn Goldsmith, a pretty famious artist in her own right.

I'm one who likes the High Dynamic Range imaging used for the shots of box's. I figure straight shot photos can be found in many other places and am sure when a referance/price guide book comes out, this is what we'll see.

As others have said - it's the first, and it's a fantastic book - destined to be a landmark publication.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 05:45 PM


And this should prove to being the ULTIMATE tool to get all those naysaying unbelievers who 'don't get it' to understanding what collecting and enjoying boomboxes is all about.



Someone should send a copy to Spike Lee... :dunce:

I am still scratching my head on that one... why would they not find someone who actually likes boomboxes to write the forward. Spike Lee is an arse.... :thumbsdown:



Mine arrived last week, gosh it's a nice thing to have. Going to spend some serious time with it....

I felt a bit the the same way about the forward by Spike Lee but I still respect his input. :-/

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Posted 01 November 2010 - 12:07 PM

Can't top any of the posts about how great the book was... I probably have stated the same on some of the posts about the NY Times and/or Philly article. One thing that came out in the book I agreed with is how, when I had mine back in 81-84, I would NEVER be caught dead with it in public because I knew there was always a bigger, louder one lurking nearby and that, just like b-boying, is a battle you don't want to lose! :-/

As far as the Spike Lee thing, yeah, I was a little caught off guard by the comment, but agree, he was being honest and giving a true perspective about how some felt about these pieces!

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Posted 02 November 2010 - 11:42 AM

YEAH, got my book today!
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:14 PM

YEAH, got my book today!
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Well, I have finished reading this GREAT book. What a true history lesson. I am very aware of the boombox movement in New York and the Hip Hop scene but to hear it in such detail from people who lived it was just great. Plus all the photographs just made the whole 80's scene come to life.

On the West Coast we may have listened to different music, wore different clothes, and didn't live in an inner city like New York, but the huddling around the guy with the radio was exactly as described in the book.

I give it a 10+ :yes:

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:23 AM


Hey JT, you might remember this better than me, but didn't Lyle say his camera was a 60 megapixel camera?


Was just reviewing this thread, which I have been avoiding until I finally got my copy. I had to hold out as my wife asked me (for my son) what I wanted for my birthday present. I forwarded her the link 2months early. :w00t:. Well, since I was early, they were a bit early and I got to open my present before my B-day (which is tomorrow).... Point being, I just saw this question, Bobby. You were right about the 60mp camera. :-D Lyle was using a $40,000+ 60MP medium format camera. I believe it was this one here: http://www.luminous-.../phase645.shtml

I also must say that Spike Lee's forward left me scratching my head and wondering why sincere efforts were not made to get some comments from someone a little more boombox-positive, like maybe LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow or one of the members of RUN DMC instead. Spike Lee just comes across as a real prick with no love for fun at all and having to buck the system or create controversy at every opportunity. What a jackwagon.

While I can see why some of you feel like the pics are a bit overworked, you cannot deny that they look great. I kind of like Lyle's sytlistic fingerprint. And I love the period images that are included. I've been going through the book and found 6 of my boxes in there. Good to see Lyle fixed the LCD clock readout on my M9990 for me (via photoshop) :lol: :lol:

And if you go through the "thank yous" at the end, it's nice to see all of us who were at the meet mentioned!

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 10:54 AM

I also must say that Spike Lee's forward left me scratching my head and wondering why sincere efforts were not made to get some comments from someone a little more boombox-positive, like maybe LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow or one of the members of RUN DMC instead. Spike Lee just comes across as a real prick with no love for fun at all and having to buck the system or create controversy at every opportunity. What a jackwagon.


I do have to say, I found Lee's forward a little odd as well. First he mention's he's never even had a radio????? Plus It did seem a bit out of place to have to make the "Racist" reference yet again and if he's trying to make a link between himself, NY and him having "Street Cred" why is he talking about driving through "Martha's Vineyard" blasting his car stereo?

I think there could have been a better choice for the forward.....Like IRA :w00t:

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 12:30 PM

First he mention's he's never even had a radio????? Plus It did seem a bit out of place to have to make the "Racist" reference yet again and if he's trying to make a link between himself, NY and him having "Street Cred" why is he talking about driving through "Martha's Vineyard" blasting his car stereo?


Right....! How the hell does Martha's Vinyard even get a freakin' mention in a boombox related book????

I just read his foreword again, and it actually reveals quite a bit about Spike Lee.

He mentions:

1) he didn't have one because the were heavy. C'mon, man.. they're not THAT heavy! Nobody said you have to go out and buy a freakin' M90.
2) batteries expensive and he didn't have stock in Duracell or Eveready - Yea, like the stock market is really on your mind at 15 years old.
3) and you had to be strong-willed to impose your musical will, and be prepared to fight if someone told you to turn it down - I think this is probably 90% of the reason he never had one.

Well, now he's mega-rich and instead of a portable radio, he has a vehicular portable boombox (in the form of a Yankee-pinstriped Mustang convertible) and can blast Public Enemy driving around up there, where he knows nobody will do anything about it he won't get his ass kicked.

Looks like you can take Spike out of of the ghetto, but to some degree you just can't take the ghetto out of him. :lol:

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 12:54 AM

Looks like you can take Spike out of of the ghetto, but to some degree you just can't take the ghetto out of him. :lol:


Yeah, that's what he wants you to think, while he's driving around all those rich folks blasting "Fight the Power". I'm sure he's pissing people off, but they probably don't even know who he is or what that means.

CHUUUUUUUMPP! :thumbsdown:

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:38 PM

Spike Lee is a miserable bitch nuff said!

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 07:54 PM

I noticed a comment about this being a 'NY' scene book.

I agree, and thought; how cool to have an 'L.A.' based version as well? For a second edition.

Of course it would take someone who lived through it, and the hip hop scene back in the day.

In my experience, BBX were a valuable 'Skate or BMX' tool. Set up a box next to some ramps or a pool and shred.

Punk was the music of choice.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:27 PM

I noticed a comment about this being a 'NY' scene book.

I agree, and thought; how cool to have an 'L.A.' based version as well? For a second edition.

Of course it would take someone who lived through it, and the hip hop scene back in the day.

In my experience, BBX were a valuable 'Skate or BMX' tool. Set up a box next to some ramps or a pool and shred.

Punk was the music of choice.


I always figured that the REAL boombox scene was in NY or other large cities, but like you, on the West Coast we used them and loved them like every where else. The Euro scene really blew my mind too. This book really shows how boomboxes brought people together where ever they were sold.

I was your basic hoodlum. west coast, under aged beer drinking, pot smoking, school ditching curb dweller who enjoyed his youth skate boarding and BMX riding with a radio providing the back drop.

Now I'm your basic 40 something, kids grown, legal beer drinking, rocker enjoying boomboxes and the people who also enjoy them and remember the days when these monsters were new and ruled the street.

Yep, makes me want to load up some fresh batteries and sit on a street corner and do some 360's on my Tony Hawk!

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 01:15 PM

Thats rad! :thumbsup:

Id join you doing some freestyle on my BMX.

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 10:31 PM

Thats rad! :thumbsup:

Id join you doing some freestyle on my BMX.


Oh I suck at that! :lol: ;-)

I was always the dude with the so so bike, but always had the radio and tapes with him. So I was cool. :thumbsup: :lol: :-)