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Lyle Owerko’s Boombox Project a Blast

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It’s been a pretty hardcore week in Trumbull Town — that’s a good week. We pored through a recently uploaded video of “punks outside The Rat” in Boston from 1996 which sourcist P pointed out includes an incredibly Scorcese-esque shot at the end, following his older brother down a flight of stairs into the belly of the Rat, past VIPs and fine ales, finally emerging into the fray of an in-progress Sunday matinee played by The Trouble and Ducky Boys, plus others.

Then we hit the Clic Gallery for an exhibition of Lyle Owerko’s work from his new book “The Boombox Project.” The book serves as a visual history and tribute to the jambox, with quotes from many famous people who either owned one or knew someone who owned one back in the day. Here’s a good line, courtesy of Pras from The Fugees:

Boombox was supposed to be a portable radio that you’d probably bring on picnics or whatever. It wasn’t meant for you to walk down the street with and blasting your music. But hip-hop was like, ‘Yo, I’m feeling good about this box. I’m going to blast it.’ When you played it, you wanted the world to know.

It seems that someone wanted the world to know about Token Entryour favorite specimen in the collection was a Crown CSC-950 model box adorned with TE and Sacred Denial stickers. Lyle Owerko is a multi-talented guy who once directed a series of adverts for Brahma, the #2 most popular Brazilian beer, after Skol. Be sure to stop by the Clic Gallery on Thurday, October 14 to get a signed copy of his book. For those who can’t make it to the city and still want something special, check out the Boombox skins and cases he designed with GelaSkins to fit nearly any gadget in your life.1 Swag.

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    Footnotes

  1. A shame they opted to photoshop out the "Sacred" and "Token" in the band stickers.

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