Tina Weymouth and Grandmaster Flash, NYC, 1981
- Exhibition Label
- Born Joseph Saddler and raised in the Bronx, in a family with a big record collection, the young Flash became an expert and innovative DJ at New York’s dance and nightclubs; he pioneered the use of two turntables, sampling and “scratching” the needle back and forth on the vinyl. In the 1970s he fronted several pioneering rap and hip-hop ensembles, taking the name Grandmaster Flash. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was formed in 1979. Among their hits was “The Message” (1982), which abandoned dance beats for a grim tour of inner-city life, a shift in tone adopted by other hip-hop artists.
- Flash poses here with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club bassist Tina Weymouth. Flash sampled Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” on “It’s Nasty,” and this was their first meeting. Note the now comically oversized boom boxes, a fixture of 1970s urban culture.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Laura Levine, born 1 May 1958
- Martina Michele Weymouth, born 22 Nov 1950
- Joseph Saddler, born 1 Jan 1958
- 1981 (printed 2007)
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Laura Levine
- Gelatin silver print
- Image: 44 × 28.8 cm (17 5/16 × 11 5/16")
- Sheet: 50.6 × 40.7 cm (19 15/16 × 16")
- Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")