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Subject of:
Busy Bee Starski, American, born 1962  Search this
Lovebug Starski, American, 1960 - 2018  Search this
Kool DJ AJ, American, died 2015  Search this
Grand Wizard Theodore, American, born 1963  Search this
Fantastic Five, American, 1979 - 1994  Search this
MC Sha-Rock, American, born 1962  Search this
Afrika Bambaataa, American, born 1957  Search this
Spoonie Gee, American, born 1963  Search this
Grandmaster Flash, American, born 1958  Search this
Furious Five, American, 1978 - 1989  Search this
DJ Breakout, American  Search this
Funky 4 + 1, American, 1977 - 1983  Search this
Mercedes Ladies, American  Search this
Crash Crew, American, founded 1977  Search this
DJ Mean Gene, American  Search this
Ecstasy Garage Disco, American  Search this
Printed by:
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ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 8 3/16 × 6 1/4 in. (20.8 × 15.9 cm)
fliers (printed matter)
Place used:
Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
October 25, 1980
A flier for “Chief Rocker Busy Bee's Birthday,” at Ecstasy Garage. The flier is in portrait orientation and printed on white paper with black text in varying sizes and fonts, graphics, and a black-and-white photograph. At the top of the flier is the event title [CHIEF [five-pointed star graphic] ROCKER / BUSY BEE’S / BIRTHDAY] with a large five-pointed star graphic next to the word [BIRTHDAY]. Pointing hand graphics bookend the words [CHIEF] and [ROCKER]. A small photograph of Busy Bee in the top left corner depicts the artist from the waist up, standing against a wood paneled wall. He is wearing a black tee-shirt and is holding his proper left hand up, pointing upwards.
Centered below the event title is small text that reads [Featuring] above the two featured acts, [Lovebug / Starski] on the left, [Kool / DJ AJ] on the right, and [PLUS / THEODORE / FANTASIC [graphic of a hand with five splayed fingers] MC’s] centered below. To the right of [THEODORE] is the text [And / of / course / New York’s No. 1 Lady / SHA·ROCK!] above a graphic of two women disco dancing under four lights. Just above the graphic is the text [DISCO] and below is the text [Happy Birthday]. At the center of the flier is a small graphic of a male and female couple dancing together. To the left of the graphic is a list of event invitees: [Invites[sic]: / Bambaataa· / Spoonie Gee / Flash· / Breakout· / Funky 4+1· / Mercedes Ladies]. The bottom third of the flier features the event location, date, time, admission fees, dress code, and deejay names. The text on the left reads [ECSTASY / GARAGE / 172 ST MACOMBS RD / first 15 LADIES / FREE!!! / CRASH CREW DJ’S / DRESS CASUAL / INVITED MCS]. The text on the right reads [SATURDAY / OCT.25 / 9TIL / GUYS 3 / $ / GALS 2 / b/4 / 11pm / WITH HOUSE DJ’s / Mean Gene]. Directions to the venue are printed in small, vertically oriented text near the bottom left corner: [NO. 4 TRAIN TO ONE 70TH STREET / WALK TWO BLOCKS / 1508 Macombs Rd.]. Four graphics of eight notes are scattered throughout the text with two framing the center graphic. The back of the flier is has no text or inscriptions.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Design  Search this
Disco (Music)  Search this
DJs (Musicians)  Search this
Graphic design  Search this
Hip hop (Music)  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Rappers (Musicians)  Search this
Urban life  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Public domain
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