• Ltd. Edition exclusive AUTOGRAPHED Book (1.9kg)£35.00 £30.00
      Expected 11 NovPreorder


    Yo! The Early Days of Hip-Hop 1982-84 is a new book published by Soul Jazz Books/Records that features 300+ pages of stunning photographs documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.

    Fab Five Freddy
    Afrika Bambaataa
    Grand Mixer D.ST
    Beastie Boys
    Kool Herc
    Run DMC
    Cold Crush Brothers
    Rocksteady Crew
    Grandmaster Flash
    and many more!

    Bill Adler

    Fab Fab Freddy
    Grand Mixer D. St
    Rahiem of The Furious Five
    Arthur Baker
    Muhamad of The Magnificent Force
    Lady Pink
    Mister Freeze of The Rock Steady Crew
    Patti Astor & Slick Rick

    “All these photos speak for a time that is so special, is never coming back and changed the world. It’s pretty much this experience that changed everything for ever. What makes it amazing, is that you hear stories about superheroes that changed the world, and that was us.” Grand Mixer D. St


    Sophie Bramly lived in New York in the early 1980s and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene. The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency. These include Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more.

    Bramly knew that hip hop was becoming a cultural force rather than just a musical fashion, and spent many hours photographing the four essential elements of this new world: the emcees, the deejays, the graffiti artists and the break dancers.

    Aside from the musical stars of hip-hop you will also see legendary graffiti artists captured at work and play, such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and break dancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew.


    Sophie Bramly is a French photographer born in 1959. In 1982, she moved from France to New York at age 22 and for two years documented the burgeoning hip-hop scene, taking pictures of everyone from graffiti artists and breakdancers to rappers such as the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. She returned to France in 1984, bringing a number of US hip-hop artists to Europe and then in 1987 moved to London to host and produce MTV’s first ever hip-hop show, Yo! MTV Raps.

    She currently lives in Paris and her work is featured extensively at Hip-Hop 360 a six month long exhibition showing at the prestigious Philarmonie de Paris, France (Dec 21–Aug 22)


    “One of the curious facts about hip-hop’s history is how little photographic documentation exists of the culture’s early years. Come the dawn of the Eighties, a handful of talented photographers finally began to pay attention, most notably Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, and Joe Conzo. In retrospect, it’s clear that each of them focused on a particular element or two of the multiform explosion of creativity that came to be called hip-hop. Henry zeroed in on graffiti. Martha devoted herself to graffiti and breakdancing. And the heart of Joe’s work documents the career of the Cold Crush Brothers. Uniquely Sophie Bramly, unlike the others, managed between 1982 and 1984 to put her arms around all four of the hip-hop elements: the emcees, deejays, graffiti artists, and breakdancers.” Bill Adler from the introduction.

    Ships for release date 11 Nov 2021

    ISBN: 978-1-9163598-2-6

    Flexibound, 304 pages, Dimensions 224 X 284 mm, Weight 1.75Kg

    Other Releases on Soul Jazz Books

    Cuba: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban MusicCompiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books
    "Must read Best Books of the year" Financial Times ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary...
      Voguing: Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-92Photographs and interviews by Chantal Regnault, Introduction by Tim LawrenceSoul Jazz Books
      BACK IN PRINT!!! The ESSENTIAL book about Voguing featuring 200+ photographs, interviews and text on the LEGENDS of the House Ballroom Scene of New York...
        Dancehall BookThe Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall CultureSoul Jazz Books
        New 10th anniversary edition on Soul Jazz Books/Soul Jazz Records of this now classic large format deluxe book - the definitive photography book and essential...
          Disco: An Encyclopedic guide to the cover art of disco Presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt Soul Jazz Books
          OUT NOW! New 400-page 12"x12" deluxe heavyweight book on Soul Jazz Records/Books. Foreword by Tom Moulton and Nicky Siano (The Gallery). Presented...
            Reggae 45 SoundsystemThe Label Art of Reggae Singles, A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79Soul Jazz Books
            Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000  full size record label 45 rpm single designs that...
              Reggae SoundsystemOriginal Reggae Album Cover ArtSoul Jazz Books
              Reggae Soundsystem! is a new deluxe 200 page hard-back 12”x12” book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span...
                Cover Art of Studio One RecordsDeluxe Hardback 12x12" 200 page BookSoul Jazz Books
                Available for limited period at special discount price! 100% Absolutely essential! Super-deluxe 12x12" hardback 200 page plus, hundreds of classic Studio...
                  Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960sBOOK Edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books
                  Currently out of print!This is the first ever collection of bossa nova record cover artwork, featuring stunning modernist and revolutionary designs that...
                      KanavalVodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti by Leah GordonSoul Jazz Books
                      Currently out of print“This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see" Bill DrummondSoul Jazz Records'...
                          New York Noise BookArt and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88Soul Jazz Books
                          SORRY, OUT OF PRINT!For anyone in the slightest bit interested in New York's vibrant art and music scenes in the 1980s, this is an essential book...

                              People also bought

                              100 Days of DubBy Martin 'Skyjuice' Blomqvist
                              FIRST SHIPMENT (in 2 weeks) ALL SOLD OUT! YOU CAN PRE-ORDER FOR A SMALL LIMITED COPIES REPRESS (estimated one month)------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fantastic...
                                • Book (400g)£15.00
                                  Expected 24 OctPreorder
                                Milton WrightComplete Friends And BuddiesAlston
                                Stunning alternative versions of this classic funky soulful Miami monster reissued by Athens Of The North! This is the first time these versions have been...
                                • – The Silence That You Keep (alternate first version)
                                • – Keep It Up (alternate first version)
                                • – My Ol' Lady (alternate first version)
                                • – Black Man (alternate first version)
                                • – Nobody Can Touch You (alternate first version)
                                • – Po' Man (alternate first version)
                                • – Brothers & Sisters (alternate first version)
                                • – Friends & Buddies (alternate first version)
                                • – Get No Lovin' Tonight (alternate first version)
                                • 1. – The Silence That You Keep (alternate first version)
                                • 2. – Keep It Up (alternate first version)
                                • 3. – My Ol' Lady (alternate first version)
                                • View full info and tracklisting
                                Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3POSTERSoul Jazz Records
                                Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra...
                                  Studio One Showcase – The Sound Of Studio One In The 1970sPosterSoul Jazz Records
                                  Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra...
                                    Black Fire! New Spirits! PosterSoul Jazz Records
                                    Large deep, spiritual jazz poster for your bedroom wall, innit. Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent...
                                      Trees SpeakSeventh Mirror/RadiationSoul Jazz Records
                                      EXCLUSIVE NEW TREES SPEAK 45 DROPPING NOW! TREES SPEAK!!! New MONSTER hand-stamped white label 7" WORLD EXCLUSIVE at Sounds of the Universe and only...
                                      • – Seventh Mirror
                                      • – Radiation
                                      Ritmo Fantasia: Balearic Spanish Synth-Pop, Boogie and House (1982-1992)Soundway
                                      The 21 track selection curated by Trujillo, a Venezuelan producer, DJ and record collector based in Berlin, explores the forgotten corners of the 1980s...
                                      • – Mogambo - Dando Vueltas
                                      • – Nsue - Rebelde Silueta
                                      • – Cuélebre - Costa Verde
                                      Rudolph JohnsonThe Second Coming Black Jazz
                                      You may not know this album but it is one of DEEPEST of all Black Jazz releases - hard to describe but SPIRITUALLY and SONICALLY up there with John Coltrane's...
                                      • – The Traveler
                                      • – Time And Space
                                      • – The Highest Pleasure
                                      • Reissue LP£25.00
                                        Out of stock
                                      • CD£16.00
                                        In stockAdd to Bag
                                      Frankie JonesTime Is The Master / A Stepping MoodCommon Ground International
                                      1st time on 7” single, Frankie Jones wicked 1977 cut from his debut album “Satta An Praise Jah” with Winston Wright’s funky organ twist on the...
                                      • Frankie Jones – Time Is The Master
                                      • Winston Wright – A Stepping Mood
                                      Errol HoltFly Yu DreadOriginal Music
                                      Solo heavy roots from Roots Radics bass player Errol 'Flabba' Holt originally released in 1978 with killer dub on the flip..check it!
                                      • – Fly Yu Dread
                                      • – Dub
                                      Charlo BarrettLocks LionPablo International
                                      Voiced and recorded at The Black Ark mid 70s by Carlton Barrett, produced by Augustus Pablo with version of the flip.
                                      • Charlo Barrett – Locks Lion
                                      • Natty All-Stars – Dub Lion
                                      Herman Chin LoyAquarius DubAquarius
                                      One of the first ever dub albums from 1971 recorded at Aquarius & Randy's studios. Includes stripped down dubs to Dennis Brown's "Song My Mother Used...
                                      • – Jah Rock
                                      • – Rumbo Malt
                                      • – I Man
                                      • – Oily
                                      • – Rest Your Self
                                      • – Jumping Jack
                                      • – Heavy Duty
                                      • – Jah Jah Dub
                                      • – Nyah Time
                                      • – Jungle Rock
                                      • Reissue LP£16.00
                                        Out of stock
                                      Fantasy 15Galaxy Oasis / JulietaEraserhood Sound / Colemine Records
                                      Killer, old school style synth-funk back with a spacey, cosmic, mid-tempo instrumental!
                                      • – Galaxy Oasis
                                      • – Julieta
                                      • 7" (Coloured vinyl)£10.00
                                        Limited pink vinyl edition
                                        Out of stock
                                      Desmond ChambersHaly Gully / The Morning ShowKalita Records
                                      Reissue of this rare, reggae-disco/boogie gem from the late 80s by Jamaican artist, Desmond Chambers. Backed with an updated, contemporary version from...
                                      • – Haly Gully (Version)
                                      • – Haly Gully (Toby Tobias Version)
                                      • – The Morning Show
                                      • – The Morning Show (Instrumental)
                                      • – Haly Gully (Unreleased Version)
                                      Disco: An Encyclopedic guide to the cover art of disco Presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt Soul Jazz Books
                                      OUT NOW! New 400-page 12"x12" deluxe heavyweight book on Soul Jazz Records/Books. Foreword by Tom Moulton and Nicky Siano (The Gallery). Presented...
                                        Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music From Rumba To Reggaeby Peter ManuelTemple
                                        Wicked book about Caribbean music - covering Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and more. In depth and informative.
                                          • Original Book (800g)£15.00
                                            Secondhand out of print edition paperback
                                            Out of stock
                                          Freedom, Rhythm and SoundPOSTERSoul Jazz Records
                                          Oh yes! 50 x 70cm KILLER poster!! Choose "Poster Freepost" if you want this poster sent with any other vinyl order item (LP/12" vinyl only) at NO extra...