Some of Hip-Hop’s
leading minds will join Chuck D., and a variety of those involved in Public Enemy’s
1988 groundbreaking release, It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back,
to discuss the historical impact of the release.
On February 25th and 26th, The Clive Davis Department of Recorded
Music at NYU will bring together Chuck D., original group members, producers,
engineers, journalists and the original Def Jam executive team that worked the
record, to discuss how the album was made and the impact it has had pop culture.
Widely recognized as one of the most important Hip-Hop albums
ever recorded, the album helped usher in the era of politics in hip-hop, as
well as a new era for astute producers, who immediately locked on to the collective’s
Bill Adler, Harry Allen. Nelson George, Hank Shocklee, Keith
Shocklee, Lisa Cortes, Glen E. Friedman, Jon Caramanica, Chairman Mao and a
host of others will be participate in the event, which will kick off with a
screening of the Public Enemy documentary, “London Calling,” which
chronicles the group’s tours of the UK.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place
in the Tischman Auditorium. Seating is first come first served and picture ID
will be required to enter the building.
For more information please contact: 212-992-8405.
Below is the itinerary for both days:
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25
INTRODUCTION and FILM SCREENING – 6-7:30 pm
PUBLIC ENEMY: LONDON CALLING
A rare screening of an in-progress documentary film on Public Enemy’s UK tours
featuring new and archival footage, directed by Lathan Hodge (2005)
CRITICS WEIGH IN – 7:45- 9:30 pm
A panel of top journalists and critics take you back to 1988 to discuss the
historical impact of Public Enemy and the musical legacy of "Nation of
with Robert Christgau, Nelson George, Vivien Goldman, John Leland, Alan Light
moderated by Jon Caramanica
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26
THE DEF JAM & RUSH ARTS TEAM – 12-1:30 pm
Featuring members of the original creative staff behind the A&R, publicity,
management and marketing of "Nation of Millions" and PE.
with Bill Adler, Lisa Cortes, Charlotte Hunter, Biff Warren and others. Moderated
by Kelly Haley
ON HIP-HOP AND POLITICAL ACTIVISM:
A CONVERSATION WITH GLEN E. FRIEDMAN and JEFF CHANG – 1:45-3:00 pm
GLEN E. FRIEDMAN, author of F**k You Heroes and The Idealist, photographed and
designed the cover for "Nation of Millions" as well as P.E.’s first
PRODUCING THE ALBUM – 3:30-5 pm
Featuring the original engineers, Greene Street studio owners and members of
the famous Bomb Squad production team with Dave Harrington, Rod Hui, Steve Loeb,
Nick Sansano, Chris Shaw, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee. Moderated by Chairman
– 6-8 pm
Members of the group and special guests reflect on their experiences. With Chuck
D and special guests. Moderated by Harry Allen