Image of the Week : Grandmaster Flash Back

As the April issue of Wired is being replaced on newsstands by the May one (an Apple cover story giving way to Steve Carell’s mug), here’s a shot from the former:

Photographed by Nick Waplington, it shows 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, where DJ Kool Herc lived and where Grandmaster Flash was pioneering turntablism back in the early 1970s. The photo is part of a series on “Unlikely Places Where Wired Pioneers Had Their Eureka! Moments.” Says Flash in the interview: “I was told that I ruined needles, ruined styluses, ruined records, and also that placing my fingers on the vinyl was something DJs never did because I’d make the record filthy. But I knew that I had to do it to have full control over the vinyl.” His innovation is timestamped 1973.

Also included in the photo essay, the Idaho field where Philo Farnsworth imagined television in 1921 and the Northeastern University building where Shawn Fanning developed Napster in 1999. More at

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