January 26, 2008
When Style Wars was delivered to PBS in 1982, the world received its first full immersion in the phenomenon that had taken over New York City. The urban landscape was physically transformed by graffiti artists who invented a new visual language to express both their individuality and the voice of their community. In Style Wars, New York’s ramshackle subway system is their public playground, battleground, and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible are Mayor Ed Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile, as MCs, DJs and B-boys rock the city with new sounds and new moves, we see street-corner breakdance battles turn into performance art.The film represents an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip-hop as it exploded into the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds. New York’s legendary kings of graffiti own a special place in the hip-hop pantheon. Regarded by many as the definitive document of the emerging hip-hop culture and the continuing struggle to keep its authentic spirit alive.
Demon, Se3, Spank, Dez, Skeme, Ces 157, Min, Iz the Wiz, Quik, Sach, Dondi, Seen, Dust, Zephyr, Revolt, Wasp 1, Noc, Kase, D-5, Trap, Butch, Zone, Kid 167, Cap, Shy 147, Lil’ Seen, Mare, Daze, Crash, Paze, Cey, Futura, Fred, Duro
Style Wars – Directed By Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant