THE KING OF CRENSHAW: Feel! Laugh! Cry! Shout! Dance!
THE KING of CRENSHAW
Feel! Laugh! Cry! Shout! Dance!
Written by Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quinones
with Saraa Kami
“During my early days in the 1970’s, I, along with five hopeful Black street-dancers on Soul Train from Los Angeles, California and a classically trained White female dancer formed an amateur street-dance troupe. After a rocky start, our troupe improved, turned pro, and rose to become a celebrated global dance sensation but when our dance obsession transported us to stardom, the success ripped our friendship apart.” – Shabba-Doo
To many, the “Breakin’” film means “boom box-toting, shiny-clothes-and-Kangol-hat-wearing dudes who do the robot and spin on their heads.” Okay, during the 1980’s you’ve probably stumbled over a couple of ghetto-blasters making your way to public transportation or have seen a shimmery track jacket or two at your local neighborhood dance-off, but Breakin’ has gone on to become far more than its iconic trappings. It’s about athleticism, and grace, and the streets, and street smarts, and retro-chic, and unspoken communication, and dirty funk, and beats, and rhymes, and life. It’s about how I became the king of Crenshaw, street-dance’s spiritual father and modern dance’s bad-boy cousin.
Street-dance is a vital, albeit far too often unrecognized force in contemporary entertainment; it’s no exaggeration to say that the movement I helped to create, has a resonant, singular imprint on today’s music, fashion, film, and television. Taking all that into consideration, my story is a story that needs to be told, and I’m literally the only person who can tell it. I have the first-hand knowledge, the access, the street cred, the success, and the attitude to deliver the definitive history of street-dance, its effect on 21st Century American popular culture, and its massive influence on the world of hip-hop.
“My oftentimes harrowing, oftentimes inspirational, and oftentimes hilarious life story is a cinematic narrative that will take the reader from the mean streets of Chicago’s project homes to the back lots of Hollywood, from L.A.’s gang-laden Crenshaw Blvd. to the Soul Train dance line, and to the American Film Institute. Hip-hop’s life story will be woven into my personal life journey which is the only way it can be done, as one wouldn’t have flourished without the other.”
THE KING of CRENSHAW: Feel! Laugh! Cry! Shout! Dance! Shabba-Doo’s autobiography will run approximately 250 pages, and will include exclusive photographs, the majority of which have never been seen by the reading public. Scheduled release 2017 – which just so happens to coincide with the 33rd anniversary of Breakin’.