We all know the stories about the birth of jazz and the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll, but hip hop has its founding fathers too, and one pioneering artist is heading to town to tell us more about how he changed music forever.
Rewind to 1970s Bronx, where electrical engineering student Joseph Saddler stumbled across an idea that would completely revolutionise the way music was played.
As a lifelong lover of music, Saddler had been experimenting with his father’s vinyl since he was a toddler, but a new idea saw him develop an innovative way of using the turntable that would very quickly outgrow neighbourhood block parties to become a global phenomenon.
Join us at Parr Hall for the groundbreaking story of the birth of hip hop: Hip Hop, People, Places & Things, told by the father of the genre himself, Joseph Saddler – the one and only Grandmaster Flash.
Flash was the first DJ to physically lay his hands on the vinyl and manipulate it in a backward, forward, or anti-clockwise motion, at a time when most DJs simply handled the record by the edges, put down the tone arm, and let it play.
He invented the Quick Mix Theory, The Clock Theory and scratching, laying the groundwork for everything a DJ can do with a record today, before developing this further to add rap/emcees over his beats, and starting his own group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Boasting an unrivalled reputation, the multi-award winning Grandmaster Flash has played for audiences as large as the Super Bowl and as elite as Queen Elizabeth II, and also made history in 2007 when Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five became the first hip hop group to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Although Flash has been in the business for many years, he shows no sign of slowing down as he heads up this sensational new show.
Relive the dawn of a new age in music as the incredible Grandmaster Flash heads to Parr Hall on Thursday 26 July with the sensational Hip Hop, People, Places & Things.
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