August 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop, an influential music genre that continues to impact everything from popular culture to politics. Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College are partnering to recognize the historic milestone by bringing Ernie Paniccioli, the “Hip Hop Historian,” to campus.
76-year-old Ernie Paniccioli is the bestselling Author of “Hip Hop at the End of the World” and “Who Shot Ya?”. He first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop.
What: A Conversation with “hip hop historian” Ernie Paniccioli
When: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Where: WMU Miller Auditorium (1341 Theatre Dr, Kalamazoo, MI)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (but you must register to get a free ticket)
Ernie’s photo archive