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Stretch Armstrong is a world renowned DJ, record producer, and radio personality. He's been a fixture in the New York hip-hop scene since the late 80s, when he started DJing downtown and making his own concert flyers with cardboard, scissors, and glue. His posters expressed the bold aesthetic of early hip-hop, and in 1990 he cocreated the "Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show" on WKCR 89.9, which The Source magazine later named "The Greatest Hip-Hop Radio Show of All Time." Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to Jay Z, WuTang, Nas, and Eminem, and dozens of other seminal figures in hip-hop. In 2015 Stretch starred in a documentary about the show.a Peter "Oasis" Prudente has been a behind-the-scenes music maven since the 90s, when he put on concerts for emerging stars including Eminem, Outkast, and The Roots. As a keen talent scout with connections to famous New York venues, Peter placed artists on huge stages at pivotal points in their careers. His understanding of hip-hop's popularity led him to design, print, and distribute his own concert posters, and by his early 20s he started Live N' Direct, a multiplatform concert and event production firm that produced shows for Ghostface Killah, Mobb Deep, Kid Cudi, and more. He was known to flood barbershops and record stores with his concert flyers. Evan Auerbach is the most popular hip-hop historian on the internet. His career as a blogger and archivist has made him the #1 source for providing rare hip-hop memorabilia to the masses, and his website UpNorthTrips continues to be pivotal in sparking a modern wave of obsession with hip-hop flyers, promo material, and posters. A walking encyclopedia of rap knowledge, Evan has played an essential role in revitalizing music media's nostalgia for 90s e


"What "No Sleep" depicts is a much looser time, after disco and before the gilded age of mega-clubs and luxury bottle service, when the only guiding ethos was that anything was worth a try."
--The New Yorker

..".a crucial history of New York's influential club life through the flyers that advertise so many concerts and parties..."
--Fact Magazine

"A glorious era of hip-hop, house, and avant-garde cardboard artwork reflecting the energy of the downtown music scene."
--MEDIUM Cuepoint "If that nostalgic feeling of golden era hip-hop flyers hits you like it hits me, this would be the book for you."

"Recently, Armstrong has been looking back at these halcyon days, culminating in the release of No Sleep: NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999, a visual history of flyers from a musical era in New York that might never be matched in terms of scale, independence and sheer creativity."
--Red Bull Music Academy ..".it commemorates a unique time and place that was a sanctuary for so many."
--The Fader "The pages of the book are as densely papered as a downtown telephone pole, as the plywood face of a construction fence; No Sleep is as frenetic, overstimulating, and intense as the scene it conjures."
Vogue "No Sleep serves as a visual timeline--or maybe even a trip down memory lane--for any hip-hop history buff."
--XXL As Seen In: Amuse, Forbes, i-D, Jocks and Nerds, PAPER Magazine, Quartz, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and VICE.

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