(SOLD): SHABAZZ, Jamel. A Time Before Crack.
(New York, NY): Powerhouse Books, 2005. First edition. Small quarto. Introduction by Claude Grunitzky, afterword by James “Koe” Rodriguez. Essays by Charlie Ahearn and Terrence Jennings. A powerful presentation of portraits and scenes of New York street life from the mid-70s to mid-80s, focusing on the hip-hop culture of African American youth when pride and style were as inseparable as a beatbox and mixtape, or as a pair of shoes and matching purse. The volume caputures the time before the rise of addiction and drug-related crime that tore families apart, destroying lives with needless violence and mindless addiction. A very good copy in photo-illustrated boards without dust jacket as issued. Bumped at base of spine with very small split. This important work was reprinted a number of times, and is now difficult to find in the first printing. Inscribed by the author at the frontis.