HIP HOP READINGS & CULTURAL BOOKS – Le Bijoutier


book pile

The reality is “Reading is the Foundation of it all” as expressed by the author of A City Reader free page magazine. (Look for it when you go shopping in NYC they are in many spots). Bill Gunlocke is a strong defender of the idea that Reading well should be a priority in education for the poors to uplift the masses by teaching the future generation. He advertises his ideas to the people on the streets with poster and signs saying

“WHY NOT TEACH EVERY SCHOOL KID TO READ WELL”.

Now you get the all point. Education is the key.

check Bill Gunlocke Monthly blog post if you can’t get the paper edition.

 

Here is a selection of readings that are in my hands right now, source of inspiration, questioning intellect and pushing boundaries futher into the knowledge of self and the knowledge of the universe.

 

malcolm X

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X as told to ALEX HALEY – I had previously read Malcolm X most significant speeches. This already changed a lot of things in my political belief and approach of power. Here is the Autobiography.

 

rage is back

RAGE IS BACK – ADAM MANSBACH – I couldn’t get my eyes off the cover when I saw it through the window of the book store. I wanted to check if they were using graff to catch the eyes of people in order to sell more books. But this is New York. You don’t fool around with the culture… So this is a graff writer story, a father and son relationship through life with graffiti all around. Graffiti as a lifetime practise. Way of life, rebellion and politics are the plot of the all book. Heavy atmosphere and description that amplify the reading of Vincent Fedorchak FUZZ ONE A Bronx Childhood. Contemporary as cold sweat drooling from your forehead from the reading. Intense.

 

the inferno

THE INFERNO OF DANTE a new verse translation by ROBERT PINSKY bilingual edition – All my life i heard about this book, and never found the courage to start the travel. This seems like a real long journey. Couldn’t resist the fact it was a bilingual edition and had to get this. I guess I am ready for it… I read a few verses here and there in Italian and some in English, meditation is gonna be intense.

 

this means nothing

THIS MEANS NOTHING – LE BIJOUTIER – For those like me who don’t read a lot, this is an easy book…the readings are in the photos. This Means Nothing changed my life when I truly started working on this project in 2003. A photo book that will forever testify of the turning point in the Writing / Street Art in the streets of New York. After Banksy’s acclaimed adventures in the NYC streets last month and the disrespectful shut down of 5pointz in Nov 2013, the book is even more relevant.  Released in 2008 copies are really hard to find now, and I only have a few left so cop them while you can.

And Remember You Can Buff Out You Want You Ain’t Gonna Kill Writing….quote me on this one….

 

mo'meta blues

MO’ META BLUES – THE WORLD ACCORDING TO QUESTLOVE – Say what? The world according to Questlove? Don’t get me wrong, No disrespect to Questlove from The Roots, I like what he does, but I really want to find out if Hip Hop heads lost touch with humbleness or if they really make a point on publishing all these books… I have to check that out because you cant judge a book by it’s cover right! I bought this book like you would buy a record, you know the band, it’s a solo album, and you hope it’s has good as you want it to be….Sit down relax and let Questlove talk to you for a while.

 

hip hop family tree

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 1970 1981 – ED PISKOR – I am a comic book fanatic when it comes to comics like that. Inspirational very graphics, able to entertain a demanding mind by visually depicting an era of time and space long gone and known as the early days of hip hop in the South Bronx and New York. Retracing all the History of a culture, Hip Hop Family Tree is a “journalistic” work filled with anecdotes and facts that will rejoice an hip hop head in a minute. A must read.
powder necklace

POWDER NECKLACE – NANA EKUA BREW-HAMMOND –  After saying hello to each other while boarding on the same train, Nana asked me to snap a photo of her with her friends. As a men, it was a pleasure to snap a photo of three beautiful Black Ladies. After noticing that I was reading Rage is Back, Nana mentioned being a writer. I had to find her book as my nature is curious about other people achievements. I went on the hunt in a few bookstores to finally lay my hands on this copy of Powder Necklace. A dusty, all the way on top of the shelf Autographed copie. I had been there for a while because the book came out a few years back, and in this case you really wonder why it was sitting there so long. This fiction is inspired by the author life and experience. Lila the main character is returning to Ghana after beeing raised in London and deals with her sour discovery of Life. The book is easy to read with deep and true meaning. Not only a women book.

 

gil scott heron now & then

NOW & THEN – GIL SCOTT HERON – Musician and poet Gil Scott Heron was in fluencial black figure in his time. Recently passed away due to bad health and addictions. The first poems your read are like a slap in the face on realising he must have been haunted by his own demons and the aggressions of the outside world. Knowing his music the feeling is even more intense. A great reading to try to catch the trouble and pain, but also the joys of Gil Scott Heron.

Gil Scott Heron is up in the sky with the stars

(But whitey’s on the moon)

 

hip hop before the bling

 

HIP HOP BEFORE THE BLING – DARLENE LEWIS – When I met Darlene Lewis, she didn’t want me to touch the book as we were in a room full with empty pockets and sticky hands. Not a lot of people where there to buy books that day but would have taken advantage on looking at those snapshots all night with heavy laughs. I told her I would get the book only if I could read through at least to see what is was about….And so I did. Hip Hop before the bling is a collection of writing and personal photographs mostly from the early 90′s when Hip Hop was larger than ever in the streets, with the big names like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, BDP, Public enemy, EPMD to name a few. She genuinely describe her environment and surrounding with this series of Black and white shots. The book is far away from being a fancy books, but this is also what makes it special, it s ruff and rugged as the Do It Yourself culture it represented in those days…

 

I hope these reviews help you to read more underground books to support the new generation of writers. And if reading is the Foundation of it all, we need writers to write about our world, our culture our times, our people. Don’t Be Afraid to Communicate.

LE BIJOUTIER  december 2013

 

 

GIANT GHETTOBLASTER IN HARLEM – Le Bijoutier


NOVEMBER in NYC…. November 2013 was a special month in New York City…. home of Hip Hop, Mecca of  our culture. The month of november celebrated the 40th Annivesary of the Universal Zulu Nation. All major artists and activists united from all four corners of the world to celebrate at the National Black Theater, in the heart of Harlem, NY. A week long celebration that enable each and everyone to get together and share all elements of our culture. DJ, MC, B-BOY, B-GIRL, WRITERS, KNOWLEDGE, the 5 elements united for positive actions and celebrations. Family days, social actions in the community, concerts, parties, and Meeting Of The Minds made this week long celebration a must. Many long time artist and activist received prizes and where honored with titles for their hard work and involvement on uplifting the Nation. Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.29.28 PM

   DJ KOOL RED ALERT – JAMALSKI – LE BIJOUTIER : To be honest these two guys are the one who made me who I am today. A raggamuffin radio DJ defending hip hop to the fullest……nuff respect!!

Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.27.38 PM CHIEF 69 – This young man is one of the most surprising cat you could meet in the Hip Hop world. MC, B-Boy and Writer, this 22 year old shares a true vision on the Nation and teaches free B-Boy and graffiti class weekly. This shot is taken from A walk in the South Bronx documentary coming soon.   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.24.09 PM INCREDIBLE……for those who know me, you all know i am a big tall dude….But this cat is a Panther….he was the tallest in the Party, taller than the Ghettoblaster i built that was already 7 feet tall…   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.22.56 PM JAZZY JAY –  LAVA 1&2 – Celebrating 40 years with Universal Zulu Nation legends. DJ Jazzy Jay and Lava 1&2 rocked all the parties with a smile.   PEACE UNITY LOVE and HAVING FUN…   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.21.16 PM GRAND MASTER CAZ – MK-1 : Caz was all over the place and did it all in the early days of Hip Hop, and he still does. MK-1 came all the way from Australia to represent for Sydney and his chapter. Both of them where happy to pose for the record.     Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.19.50 PM CHUCK D : The political conscience of Hip Hop… founder of Public Enemy in the 80′s, he is definitly still the man he was back in the days… And he still get the outmost respect for his work and implication in the culture… it was a real pleaseure to get together again after the photos I did in 2007 for their album….it’s been a long time…   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.18.52 PM POP MASTER FABEL – Original member of Rock Steady Crew, I met Pop Master Fabel in Marseille in 2000 when he came for a B-Boy workshop. I have seen him here and there over the years, but would have never expected to see him pop his special pippin and lockin moves in the street in front of the giant Ghettoblaster… what an honor….and what a great family days it was….   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.16.23 PM ZULU KING SLONE : After months of organising the building of the Ghettoblaster, Slone, Graffiti hall of famer 2011, was honored to paint my giant sculpture. I was definitly honored too. Both of us know that it’s the beginning of a great collaboration.   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.11.51 PM ZULU NATION – The Universal Zulu Nation is 40 years old, or 40 years strong I should say. Afrika Bambaataa leads the way, for this Universal power that is here to stay…   Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 5.09.58 PM   UZN FAMILY DAY – the Graffiti jam on family day was a great success… Over the fact that a dozen of graffiti writers got together to paint this giant wall on the side of The National Black Theater, the response from the people of Harlem was intense. For many reasons people where happy to see that ZULU was back on the block.   Graffiti is still up to this day an outlaw for of art, worth millions in the galleries and modern art museums all over the globe… New York City is still pressuring this art form and contemning its display…..lets fight to keep our culture alive an our element visible…   12/03/2013 M aka Le Bijoutier

GIANT CARDBOARD GHETTOBLASTER


Back in the place to be with a special Tribute to the Old School!

Dedicated to the Universal Zulu Nation, celebrating the 40th anniversary in November…..  This Giant CardBoard Ghettoblaster belong to the serie Remains of Our Past, and was built in Zwickau Germany during the IBUG Festival 2013…..Nuff respect to all the german possee and to my brother in action Frank of Ulan Bator Crew…..

Handbuilt with pride and cardboard by Le Bijoutier…..

RUST IN PEACE – movie preview…


Here we go again Pal…

This is the latest Dissident Media production…..

RUST IN PEACE – A Cycling Revolution in New York City… is the highly anticipated bike documentary by french filmaker Le Bijoutier. This film is paying tribute to all riders in urban land, all riders worldwide, pictured at one in the heart of the world, New York City….dozens of riders and cyclists, activist, mechanics, bike builders, shop owners, messengers and of course the street people……real!!!

Enjoy, spread the news, Rust In Peace is coming…….

 

Start Booking now for the Rust In Peace screening tour starting January 2014…

all infos      le_bijoutier@hotmail.com

 

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/69572897″>RUST IN PEACE – 2013 – Teaser</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4915511″>LE BIJOUTIER</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A Couteaux Tirés – Bajky & DJ Oil


Premier extrait du nouvel album de DJ OIL

DROP OUT – DJ OIL featuring Kevin M Derring

La vidéo est une performance de Bajky et DJ Oil, filmée et éditée par Le Bijoutier.

Remerciement à tout le crew du Bar la Jetée (Cinéma Les Variétés Marseille) pour son accueil chaleureux….

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/70141654″>BAJKY – A Couteaux Tirés – 2013</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user4915511″>LE BIJOUTIER</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>