THE KINGS OF ROCK, 1985
Vintage poster (17 1/2 by 23 inches), printed in colors on lightly coated stock, with artwork by Kano; some minor toning and marginal creasing.
A RARE AND IMPORTANT POSTER CREATED FOR NYC'S LEGENDARY ROXY NIGHTCLUB BY GRAFFITI ARTIST KANO
Kano is a graffiti artist active who began writing in the 1970s, and has been associated with the TC5, Stars Inc., CIA, and LOC crews. Kano designed only two posters for the Roxy, both of which are being offered in the present sale (see lot 22).
The Roxy, one of New York's most legendary night clubs, expanded the DJ-ing careers of such Hip Hop pioneers as Grand Mixer D.ST, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Red Alert, Afrika Izlam, Whiz Kid, Grand Wizard Theodore, and Charles Case. The Hip Hop nights, originally conceived and promoted by Kool Lady Blue, attracted a mix of South Bronx kids and Downtown punk and art scene types. The Rock Steady Crew, the Double Dutch Girls, Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, and The Beastie Boys performed there. The Roxy significantly influence the evolution of Hip Hop culture worldwide.
Kano designed only two posters for the Roxy, the present lot, and lot 22.
Courtesy Steve Stein, or Steinski, half of Double Dee & Steinski,the pioneering Hip Hop producers known for their early 1980s sample or collage, “The Lessons.”