This week's edition of the Stupefied playlist comes courtesy of Patti Astor. Astor, after spending some time in the cultural underground of NYC in the seventies, opened what could arguably be considered ground zero of the East Village/downtown art movement of the early 80's. From 1981 thru 1985 she ran the Fun Gallery which featured graffiti artists (practically scandalous at the time), and helped nudge hip hop culture towards the monolithic force it has become. Featuring folks like Futura 2000, Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones, Kenny Scharf, and quite a few others, the Fun Gallery went on to achieve legendary and very influential status.
Astor later moved to Los Angeles where she continues to live, and last year she published The Fun Gallery...The True Story. For the first time the story can be had straight from the gallerist instead of out-of-print and now expensive books like Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene. Its highly recommended!
Thanks for the list Patti!
Order The Fun Gallery...The True Story here
01. Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel
02. The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
03. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – The Love I Lost
04. William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got
05. Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop
06. James White & The Blacks – Contort Yourself
07. Kurtis Blow – The Breaks
08 Sequence – Funk You Up
09. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – Looking For The Perfect Beat
10. Beastie Boys – Cooky Puss
11. The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton
12. Futura 2000 – The Escapades Of Futura 2000
13. Rammelzee versus K Rob – Beat Bop
14. Rammellzee And Shock Dell – Rammellzee & Shockdell At The Amphitheatre
15. John Coltrane Quartet – A Love Supreme Part I: Acknowledgement
16. Jefferson Airplane – Today
17. The Cold Crush Brothers vs Fantastic Freaks – Basketball Throwdown
18. Jurassic 5 – Swing Set
19. The Beach Boys – Caroline, No