On the heels of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash is preparing to publish his memoir, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash:My Life, My Beats.
Along with New York Times best selling author David Ritz, Flash (born Joseph Saddler) shares for the first time his personal and difficult life story. More than a snapshot of the birth and growth of Hip-Hop culture, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash chronicles his ascension to the heights of hip-hop stardom, his downward spiral into cocaine addiction, and his ultimate redemption.
Flash is known the world over as a member of the pioneering Furious Five MCs, who created the classics “White Lines,” “The Message” and “Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.”
Among the many treats in the book Flash breaks down his “Quick Mix” technique. “My clock theory was blasphemous in the eyes of other DJs,” he writes. “Actually putting your greasy fingertips on a record back in the day was a cardinal sin…”
Flash is set to release an album later this year and hosts a weekly Sirius Satellite Show on Hot Jamz Channel 50. For more info about the book and his other endeavors, check out www.grandmasterflash.com.