Boomboxラジカセ Creators Exhibition at La Luz De Jesus Gallery

0 13 Dec '15
The "King of Boomboxes" - Victor RC-M90 - at the La Luz De Jesus exhibition

Boombox, Ghettoblaster, Jambox, Brixton Briefcase, Thunderbox, ラジカセ… By any name, the boombox was a catalyst for a worldwide revolution in music sharing, art, culture, and design. A touchstone of punk, hip hop, and heavy metal, the boombox is an iconic representation of the youth culture that developed in the 1970s and 80s and supplied a […]


Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Siu-Kwong Tse (Disco Lite)

0 11 Mar '14

Madonna and Lady Gaga have many things in common, and apparently an appreciation for the creation of Siu-Kwong Tse is one of them: he created the legendary Disco Lite boombox. Featured in videos that have more than 200 million views, the Disco Lite is one of the most recognizable and sought after boomboxes from the […]


#BoomboxRespect for the Machines and their Creators

0 4 Mar '14

What’s wrong with this picture? Seminal or “grail” boomboxes such as the JVC RC-M90, Conion C-100F, or Lasonic TRC-975 are important not only as examples of world-class design and engineering, but also as powerful tools of communication and self expression. Sign the petitions to ensure these iconic music making and sharing machines are preserved for […]


Documentary Preview is Here!

0 16 Feb '14

Today the preview for the Boomboxラジカセ Creators documentary is here! Since starting this “docu-manhunt” last year, we’ve been fortunate to locate a few creators, meet some truly amazing and creative people that have become friends and collaborators, and to begin crafting a documentary that will tell the stories of the people, places, and times behind […]


How Boomboxes Got So Badass

0 17 Dec '13

I’ve identified 17 creators thus far, and I’m discovering more each month. Collectors Weekly interviewed Miles, our boombox archivist and co-director of the upcoming documentary about the creators of the boombox. Find out about the first boombox, the Japanese connection, 3D printed boombox parts and more “How Boomboxes Got So Badass”


“My radio, believe me, I like it loud I’m the man with a box that can rock the crowd Walkin’ down the street, to the hardcore beat While my JVC vibrates the concrete”

0 18 Oct '13
LL Cool J "Radio" album cover

- LL Cool J, 1985


Bruce Springsteen, Takemi Ebata, and Yoichi Hisano (RS-466)

0 8 Oct '13

It’s not every day that the creators of a boombox featured in an iconic photograph are identified, but today is one of those days. While we still don’t know who created the JVC RC-M90 immortalized on LL Cool J’s platinum-selling first album Radio, the creators of the Panasonic RS-466 that Bruce Springsteen is rockin’ in this […]


Murray Camens and Graham Hinde (D 8007 Roller Radio)

0 21 Sep '13

With its primary colors, simple geometric forms and patterns, the Philips D 8007 (Roller Radio) is a classic example of a boombox influenced by the 1980s Memphis design movement founded by Ettore Sottsass. Created by an Australian and a British designer in 1985 during the waning years of the boombox’s golden-age, the D 8007 creators’ […]


Jean-Michel Basquiat (PH 480K)

0 12 Sep '13

One of the most celebrated painters/poets during the boombox’s golden age – 1970s-1980s – Jean-Michel Basquiat always enjoyed music during his meteoric rise to the top of the international art world. Whether sharing Ravel, Bird, or Eno, JMB couldn’t live without his radio in the studio or on the street, beach, or plane. The images […]


El Diablo (RC-550)

0 18 Jun '13

Arguably the first boombox created for the street, the massive monophonic RC-550 with its roll-bars, 10” woofer, and carrying strap turned heads with its looks and sound. Introduced in 1978 by JVC/Victor and known on the street as El Diablo悪魔 for its flashing red LEDs and thunderous sound, some of its notable design elements can be […]