A feature length documentary about the meteoric rise and ultimate fall of boombox street culture of the 1980's. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 27, 2012.
About this project
Towards the end of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s every typical city kid had their own box. Many carried their boomboxes everywhere they went, holding them on top of their shoulders while walking down the street, playing their music loud for everyone to hear. People used their boomboxes to spread their ideas; cassettes were traded and shared among those open to the music, and played as loud as possible out of the box for those who didn’t want to hear what they had to say.The desire for louder and heavier bass led to bigger and heavier boxes; by the 1980s some boomboxes had reached the size of a suitcase. Most boomboxes were battery operated, usually requiring “D” size batteries – sometimes up to 10 or more per box – leading to extremely heavy, bulky boxes flooding the streets. The wide use of boomboxes in urban communities led to the boombox being coined a “ghetto blaster”, a nickname which was soon used as part of a backlash against the boombox and hip hop culture. Cities began banning boomboxes from public places and they became less and less acceptable on city streets. Sadly, with the advent of more advanced electronics, the boombox started to fade from view. Only 329,000 boombox units were shipped in the United States in 2003, compared to 20.4 million in 1986. The boombox — from its introduction in the mid-1970s to its decline in the ’90s, when hip-hop went mainstream, and graffiti was washed from the subways — represents the world that then developed in the cities: rough, bold and loud.
Based on the viral success of my short film, The Boombox Project, we are expanding on the Boombox story with a feature length documentary.
We plan on interviewing music celebrities, Boombox collectors, legendary graffiti artists, break dancers and creative innovators who are inventing the next generation Boomboxes of the future.
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