Grandmaster Flash Portrait Session And Book Signing At Book Soup

Grandmaster Flash poses for a portrait at Book Soup June 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

The icon was present to promote his new book “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats”.   The books is a no-holds-barred memoir from the primary architect of hip hop and one of the culture’s most revered music icons—both the tale of his life and legacy and a testament to dogged determination.

The man who paved the way for such artists as Jay-Z, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and 50 Cent tells all—from his early days on the mean streets of the South Bronx, to the heights of hip hop stardom, losing millions at the hands of his record label, his downward spiral into cocaine addiction, and his ultimate redemption with the help and love of his family and friends.

The book can be ordered directly at

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