Who’s got their oldschool boombox still? YEA! I was too young to be able to get an official oldschool boombox, but I still had one, and just like every other one it still needed tons of D batteries, and it had two tape decks with record/play and BASS BOOST!
Remember making mixtapes off of the radio?! And remember trying to time everything perfectly so that you didn’t record too much of the DJ talking?? Ah, the good ‘ol days…true, today it would be like having a Zack Morris phone compared to being able to just carry your ipod or whatever mp3 player you have around, but that’s not the point. These things are sick to have, old or young I’m sure you’d agree.
Okay, maybe not that old.
Growing up though, we’ve all seen the change and the evolution of these portable stereos…
GhettoBlasters from the 80’s!
These photos are from Lyle Owerko who is a photographer and author of the book “The Boom Box Project”. Haven’t read into the book myself, but It’s got tons of black and white photos displaying images of the times when the boombox was more than an audio player. Back then it was the thang, the culture, urban life, and you were basically the jukebox.
Also check out this segment that showed on CBS about Vintage Boomboxes and has a talk with Lyle Owerko at his place.
Here’s a video with Nas on the TDK Chronicles reminiscing about back in the days, his memories on oldschool hiphop, making mixtapes, and trying to record the radio on his boombox…if you check out the link too, there’s a couple other bands with videos too, good stuff.