Author Archives: Roy Christopher

Crash Worship: Examining the Wreckage

An edited excerpt from my book-in-progress The Medium Picture, this is from chapter 5, “Metaphors Be With You.” I ordered the seven-inch of Jawbox’s 1993 single, “Motorist,” as soon as I knew it was available. The lyrics, even for a Jawbox song, were striking. “Accidental, maybe,” ponders J. Robbins, “restraints too frayed to withhold me.”[i] Paul Virilio […]

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Follow for Now, Volume Two

More Interviews with Friends and Heroes The follow-up to my 2007 interview anthology Follow for Now is in-process. This one is a bit more focused and goes a bit deeper than the last. It includes several firsts and is fully illustrated with portraits of every interviewee. I am very proud to say that Follow for […]

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Hip-Hop Theory:
Time, Technology, and the Future

The Table of Contents for my forthcoming edited collection. Over the past few years, I’ve been working on an edited collection as a companion to my book, Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater Books, 2019). Time was one of the aspects of both hip-hop and science fiction that I didn’t get to talk […]

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Nomads and Monads

An edited excerpt from my book-in-progress The Medium Picture, this is from chapter 3, “The Surface Industry.” We’re home for the holidays. All of us. Looking around the living room at my parents and siblings, I notice that most of them are clicking on their laptops, two are also wearing headphones, one is pecking away […]

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Headtube Zine (2001/2002)

In the early 00s, I was trying to pull together a lot of influences. Headtube was my attempt to return to BMX zine-making while maintaining my other, newfound interests. The original idea driving HEADTUBE was to unify the bicycle-riding attitude across styles. Cyclists, mountain bikers, fixed-gear heads, and BMX all have different styles and terrains, […]

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wow&flutter Zine (1997)

I found, scanned, and uploaded a copy of my zine wow&flutter from 1997. It was an attempt to showcase the similarities between noise and hip-hop. Inside you’ll find interviews with noise artists John Duncan and Daniel Menche, an article about turntablism, which includes some early seeds to my recent book, Dead Precedents, and various record […]

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Coming to Terms with Dave Chappelle

I distinctly remember the only issue of Blender Magazine that I ever read (August 2004) had Dave Chappelle on the cover. The mid-00s were the magazine format’s last peak, and there were so many of them, newsstands stretching down grocery-store aisles, colorful covers like cereal boxes. I don’t remember what prompted my purchase of this […]

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Burn the Script: We Need More Voices

After a successful run of movies in the 1980s, Spike Lee used to say “Make Black Film” like a mantra, and we saw it in the 1990s with Matty Rich, the Hughes Brothers, John Singleton, and Lee himself. It looks like it’s in effect again with boundary-bombing work by Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Arthur Jafa, […]

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