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Invaders From Mars - NYC - 1953. Photograph by Frank Larson.
On this day in music history: August 11, 1973 - 18 year old Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) will throw a block party in the first floor rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx in New York City. Advertised as a “Back To School Jam”, flyers handwritten on 3x5 index cards will be distributed widely throughout the neighborhood. The event will be filled to capacity, attracting 300 people. Herc will set up his powerful sound system in the room, spinning a mixture of R&B, Funk, Latin and Rock records. Using duplicate copies of the same record on two turntables, Herc would isolate and extend the breakdown of these songs to the delight of the crowd. The event will be a huge success and will lead to the DJ spinning at even larger events on the streets and in clubs in and around the Bronx. However, the first party will be regarded as a watershed event in history as the birth of the Hip Hop Movement.