While My JVC Vibrates the Concrete
Lyle Owerko likes boomboxes.
When I think of the boombox, I think of growing up in Newark, New Jersey; I think of Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing; I think of making mix tapes in my bedroom, recording popular songs directly from Z100 and Hot 97; I think of my parents, young and happy, taking us to Jersey City's Lincoln Park, which, at the time, seemed like a million miles from home, and now is home; I think of my father making sure we had the right number of size-D batteries; I think of my first experiences with hi-fi.
In this video, Lyle Owerko and Fab Five Freddy discuss the history of the boombox. It's kind of fascinating to think about the differences between yesterday's boombox culture and today's more privatized, more pocket-sized culture.
Connections to hi-fi can be made.
Some of Lyle Owerko's work (he's a photographer, too) is scheduled to appear in the August issue of Stereophile.