AN ARCHIVE OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF A RUSTY THE "TOEJAMMER" CONCERT, BOSTON, 1985.
12 digital pigment prints, each 8 1/2 x 11 in. Each signed, numbered and captioned on reverse.
FANTASTIC, CANDID PHOTOS OF THE UNDERDOCUMENTED BOSTON HIP HOP SCENE OF THE MID 1980S
Rusty "The Toejammer" was an early Boston Hip Hop artist and DJ, whose moniker was accurate, as he did, in fact, scratch records with his toe. His friend and production partner Skeeter worked with Maurice Starr (Lawrence Curtis Johnson), the producer behind New Kids on the Block and New Edition, and Rusty became Starr's go-to person when he needed a DJ. Starr would hold Hollywood Talent Nights, where Rusty would rile up the crowd as they awaited eagerly to hear the announcement of the night's winners.
John Nordell's photojournalistic work has been published in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as in publications around the world.
Pacey C. Foster, Hip-Hop in the Hub: How Boston Rap Remained Underground. The Story of Boston's hip-hop Community from 1979-2000
Courtesy the artist