Book: Morris Park Crew - The Official History by John F. Lornecategories: Book, Morris Park Crew, MPC, Slipkid, Bronx New York, Capmpc, Stylewars, Beatstreet, Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti
John F. Lorneabout this book: The books foundation is the Graffiti Hip Hop movement in New York. The story begins in the late 1970's and compasses 30 years. As a group that spans 32 years with a deceased member list that rivals a small platoon. The reader will get a (glimpse) of the many difficult challenges and roads that these individuals choose, coupled with the obstacles they faced in the environment they grew up in.
The inspiration were/are the individuals that were part of this group. The primary readers are based in this genre of street art, urban art, graffiti history etc. The book based on internal fighting took a few years. This is not a novel - it's more of a picture book with stories to give insight. But as important as the book will be our blog which will be an extension of the book with actual news articles, detailed stories, images and public interaction.
The title is the name of the group. The cover was chosen based on a few things. It's a great image, it shows our initials MPC and date 1983. Looking back through all the images there was a reoccurring theme. The individuals that were part of this group took more pride in that fact more so than their own names. And finally that person died at the age of 23.
The hardest part was the internal fighting. The research was in part living it, having members contribute there experiences and drawing from a series of existing publications and movies regarding members of this group.
I learned to never give up, I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to throw in the towel, but the fuel for me was the fact that I was told I can't do it. I was possessed and never stopped. Full time stressful job, monetary concerns, kids going to college, wife was sick with cancer, I didn't quit and that in itself has been as gratifying as signing the book deal.
I want readers to know that this is so much more than a bunch of juvenile breaking the law painting graffiti. The real stories are the different experiences and roads these individuals have travelled in life. And that will be more so elaborated on the blog.
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