Another fine artist has died: Tony Silver, co-director of STYLE WARS

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For those of you who have not seen STYLE WARS, its a classic, classic documentary. A must for anyone who relishes seeing the subcultures of New York pre-Guliani. From Nerve.com

Gothamist reports that Tony Silver, co-director of the classic hip-hop documentary Style Wars, died last weekend. The film, which first aired on PBS in 1983, is predominantly concerned with the then-flourishing art of graffiti, but expands to cover other elements of early hip-hop culture, including breakdancing and rapping. Not only is it endlessly quotable (my favorite: "'Destroy all lines?' What'd the lines ever do to you?"), but it also offers an unforgettable portrait of a different, grimier New York a half-subterranean dystopia of train-yards, access tunnels and drainage culverts that, seen from today's corporate city, seems almost science-fictional. If you haven't seen Style Wars, check out the trailer here; the whole thing is floating around on Google Video, but we here at Screengrab assure you that it's well worth a DVD purchase (particularly since the DVD includes priceless "where are they now" footage which reveals, among other things, that Skeme's mother is still busting his chops.) We tip our hat to Mr. Silver, and thank him for the great film.
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