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Western Union Mailgram from Sylvia Robinson to all disc jockeys: "It's Melle Mel who stars in 'Beat Street,' not Grandmaster Flash."

About the collection

Compiled by Bill Adler, a noted journalist and founding VP of Publicity at Def Jam Recordings, the Adler archive contains thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, recording industry press releases and artist bios, correspondence, photographs, posters, flyers, advertising, and other documents. These materials offer an unprecedented view into hip hop's history and are made available here for study and research.