Saturday, August 01, 2015

Today in Comics and Music History: Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock 'n' Roll

If you are of a certain age your heart will start to race just that li'l bit faster when you click to start the video just below:




Panels from Hip-Hop Family Tree Two-in-One (Free Comic Book Day one-shot) (May 2014); script, pencils, and inks by Ed Piskor



Here's a (very) small assortment of the many music videos I saw for the first time on August 1, 1981, not blinking for several hours:



Sooooooo...I pretty much watched MTV straight through until the debut of The Real World.

If you're wondering about why I'm featuring a music segment on a comics blog...well, here's more excerpts from Ed Piskor's amazing Hip-Hop Family Tree, explaining why fandom for one is similar to the other, in "The Hip-Hop/Comic Book Convention!"




Panels from Hip-Hop Family Tree Two-in-One (Free Comic Book Day one-shot) (May 2014); script, pencils, and inks by Ed Piskor and Tom Scioli

(Seriously, folks, pick up any of the Hip-Hop Family Tree volumes from Fantagraphics. They're absolutely brilliant, and this is from a guy bull who doesn't follow hip-hop culture too closely but still loves a good beat! To sorta underline that, Marvel's announced upcoming hip-hop variant covers:


Anyway! Today, MTV premiered, and if it's only a sad shadow of what it used to be, at least it gave us this. And that's culture.


1 comment:

Blam said...

Man, I hadn't heard "Rapture" in forever. Do you know if Debbie Harry made up the rap more-or-less extemporaneously when recording (the vocal track, not the video obviously)? It sure sounds like she's winging it there for a while, and not very well either.