Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. Moving to New York in 1982, she was instantly drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of the pioneers Run-DMC, Afrika Bambaataa, Salt-N-Pepa, and Grandmaster Flash are collected in RAP: Portraits and Lyrics of a Generation of Black Rockers (St. Martin’s Press, 1991). Beckman’s work has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Glamour, to name a few. She lives and works in New York.
Paul Smith established himself as the preeminent British designer within twenty years of his introduction to fashion. The Paul Smith shops, which can be found in twelve countries and house his twelve collections as well as an extensive selection of jewelry, books, art, antiques, and an array of interesting and beautiful products, reflect the character of Smith and his designs—an unmistakable Englishness augmented by the unexpected. He lives in London.
Vivien Goldman is a writer, broadcaster, and musician. The former Features Editor of Sounds during the classic punk era, Goldman teaches a course on punk at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Interview, and Rolling Stone. Goldman is the author of The Book of Exodus: The Making and Meaning of Bob Marley’s Album of the Century (Three Rivers Press, 2005). She lives in New York.
Paolo Hewitt is the biographer of Oasis, The Small Faces, and The Jam and has written three major books on youth culture. A former writer for New Musical Express and Melody Maker, Hewitt remains one of the most respected music journalists in London.