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Urban youth culture is an ever growing and expanding phenomenon, influencing many aspects of global popular culture since the early 20th century. Rooted in the struggles and perseverance of marginalized and underrepresented communities, influenced by the novelty and business of recorded music, clad in the rebellion and refinery of street fashion, and amplified by the consumption of mass media - from the radio unto the smartphone, urban youth culture is a pervasive presence that morphs and assimilates to fit the needs of its colorful population. This guide was created to highlight the necessary materials and pertinent content that will help enrich and educate those intrigued by these multigenerational/multidisciplinary cultures of creative expression. From global street fashion, music, subcultures, street art, literature, film, culinary arts, academia, activism, and historical documentation, this ever evolving digital primer is a good starting point for those individuals who wish to understand this chameleon like organism known to the world as "street culture". Materials can be found through the San Jose Public Library, Santa Clara City Library, and through the Link+ platform.
Stay Fresh With These Links (Subcultures)
List of subcultures.
It would be impossible to list every subculture's contributions to the ever growing norms found in contemporary urban culture. Yet there are still more paper trails to follow, interviews to conduct, and books yet to be written on these growing/fleeting movements. Use this wiki guide to explore these groups. Some are loosely connected, while others are direct descendants of each other. Have an open mind and explore deeply.
Stay Fresh With These Links (Places of Note)
Founded on the Bowery in New York City by Hilly Kristal in 1973; CBGB was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and new wave bands like the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Misfits, Television, Patti Smith Group, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Cramps, and Joan Jett.
1520 Sedgwick Avenue
DJ Kool Herc is credited with helping to start hip hop and rap music at a house concert at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on August 11, 1973. At the concert he was DJing and emceeing in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Sources have noted that while 1520 Sedgwick Avenue was not the actual birthplace of hip hop – the genre developed slowly in several places in the 1970s – it was verified to be the place where one of the pivotal and formative events occurred that spurred hip hop culture forward. During a rally to save the building, DJ Kool Herc said, "1520 Sedgwick is the Bethlehem of Hip-Hop culture."
The Warehouse was a nightclub established in Chicago, Illinois in 1977 under the direction of Robert Williams. It is today most famous for being what many consider to be the birthplace of house music, specifically Chicago house, and the genre's center in the United States while under its first musical director, DJ Frankie Knuckles.
The Paradise Garage, also known as "the Garage"nor the "Gay-rage", was a discotheque in New York City notable in the history of modern dance and pop music, as well as LGBT and nightclub cultures. It was founded by Michael Brody (its sole proprietor) and was located at 84 King Street, in the Hudson Square neighborhood. It operated from 1977 to 1987 and was the base for resident DJ Larry Levan.