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"The Prison Officials Who Booked Public Enemy's August 12th Gig at the Riker's Island Correctional Facility, in New York City, Probably Weren't Aware That the Band's Song 'Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos' Is About a Violent Jailbreak"

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.