Grandmaster Flowers (born Jonathon Cameron Flowers) was a DJ from Brooklyn, New York. One of the earliest DJs to mix records together in sequence,[1] Flowers was one of the earliest pioneers of disco. Flowers was involved in the hip hop and funk scene and had a "formative influence" on hip hop DJs[2] such as Grandmaster Flash[3] and Afrika Bambaataa in the mid-1970s. Although respected by those he influenced, Flowers himself never attained the heights of his successors.

Grandmaster Flowers
Grandmaster Flowers performing
Background information
Birth nameJonathon Cameron Flowers
BornFebruary 13, 1954[citation needed]
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
DiedJune 26, 1992 {Age: 38}[citation needed]
GenresDisco, hip hop, breaks, funk
Years active1968–1992

As he found his career fading due in part to competition from the younger up-and-coming DJs at the end of the 1970s, Flowers struggled with a drug dependency.[4]

Flowers died in 1992.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. ^ Browne, P “The guide to United States popular culture” Popular Press, 2001. p.386
  2. ^ Shapiro, P “Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco” Macmillan, 2006
  3. ^ Price, E.G “Hip hop culture” ABC-CLIO, 2006. pp.25
  4. ^ Kalia, Ammar. "Hip-hop horseman: Fab 5 Freddy gallops through Renaissance art". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019-07-22.