I know what I’ll be adding to my coffee table collection this holiday season. The legendary DJ Stretch Armstrong and hip-hop historian Evan Auerbach have plans of releasing a book that speaks ever so directly to my upbringing in NY (and that of many others across the country), No Sleep NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988-1999. The book will show a visual history of New York City club life as told through flyer art, spanning from the late 80s through the late 90s.
No Sleep features a collection of artwork from the personal archives of NYC DJs, promoters, club kids, nightlife impresarios, and the artists themselves.
With the dawn of the online era, these flyers essentially disappeared and have made these vintage custom flyers collectors items. I still remember scouring the streets as a kid to collect every Wu-Tang affiliated flyer I could find posted up in every barbershop and on every light pole in NYC (I’m sure they’re still somewhere in my mom’s basement). If that nostalgic feeling of golden era hip-hop flyers hits you like it hits me, this would be the book for you. No Sleep is set for release in December, get more info and images here.