The Get Down

The cast of The Get Down.  Image from www.vogue.com

The cast of The Get Down.  Image from www.vogue.com

The Get Down is a new show on Netflix that just came out on August 12.  From what I've seen in the first episode, it looks like it's going to be great.  The show documents the transition from the disco era to the hiphop era in the Bronx in the 1970's.  Back then, New York wasn't sexy like it is now- some parts were wild and dangerous, a depressing backdrop for such a riveting time in music's history.  The city itself was on the verge of bankruptcy, and street gangs controlled the Bronx, limiting municipal resources that its residents could access.  This is when graffiti first started to appear on subway cars, when b-boy dancing became a subculture, and kids were just starting to add rhyms to beats backed up by a DJ who mixed two spinning records on a turntable. Poverty, crime, black pride and a pure love of music and dancing are the ingredients in this show where kids have compelling dreams to escape the borough and become music stars.

The development of hip hop was documented pretty well in the 90's in the book, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, but now you have a Netflix show to take you there.