New York: East Village Eye, Inc., 1984. Tabloid, stapled newsprint printed in black-and-white and color.
"When Run-DMC do a show, they'll say a line and then point a finger out at you, and you'll feel guilty. They tell the truth" (Russelll Simmons). April 1984 issue of the legendary downtown arts and culture monthly mag, featuring Run-DMC's first cover story anywhere. Established in 1979 during the alternative publishing heyday, the East Village Eye touted itself as "a newspaper for new culture" and covered all aspects of the downtown scene including art, music, books, politics, fashion, street culture, and more. Founded by Fordham dropout Leonard Abrams when he was only 24 years-old, the Eye put out a total of 72 issues from 1979 to 1987. Over its run, it published work by an array of downtown luminaries such as Richard Hell, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Robert Mapplethorpe, and David Wojnarowicz, as well as exclusive interviews with writers and creatives, book, film, record and gallery reviews, and more. Each issue included a color centerfold of work by artists commissioned by the magazine’s art director Cristof Kohlhofer, a student of Joseph Beuys. (Notably, the Eye is considered the first publication to print and define the term "hip hop,” the result of an interview between Michael Holman and Afrika Bambaataa.) This issue features interviews with Run-DMC, William Burroughs, Billy Idol and Judy Rifka; columns by Glenn O'Brien and Cookie Mueller; art by Michael Roman, and more. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white and color with photos, art, and contemporary ads for long-vanished clubs, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Light edgewear to newsprint, with approximately one-inch chip to upper wrap. Very good. Item #7893