Ed Piskor’s Family Tree: Beat Street Movie Gets Greenlit. (Music History)

Anyone that’s tried to fulfill a personal dream knows how difficult a journey it can be. There is no road map to lead your way to the buried treasure. There is no compass to point you in the right direction, and no barometer to guide you past stormy weather. All you have is the idea itself, and perhaps, more importantly; the belief that your idea can succeed. Without that belief, you burn out, you give up. Belief, confidence, insanity, whatever you want to call it, that’s the fuel that keeps you going, when all those suckers slam phones in your ear, and doors in your face. Belief in your idea – that’s what gets you out of bed, and what propels you to lace up your favourite pair of breakdancing kicks, ready to battle your way through another day.


In his latest instalment of Hip Hop Family Tree, Ed Piskor illustrates Steve Hagar’s struggle to get his 1984 Beat Street film made. The film would eventually go into production, shooting entirely on location in NYC and featuring Doug E. Fresh, Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force and the Treacherous Three.

To read the rest of the instalment, head over to Boing Boing.

Interested in ordering a book? Two of Ed Piskor’s comic books are also available for purchase: Volume One and Volume Two.

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