Boombox, used by Fab 5 Freddy

Description (Brief)
This boombox was made by Sharp Electronics, circa 1985. It is a portable music system, model HK-9000, with its dual tape decks, detachable speakers, built-in equalizer, AM/FM radio, and 2-fader microphone mixing was one of the largest boomboxes of the era.
This boombox was used by hip hop pioneer, visual artist, filmmaker, and cable television host, Fab 5 Freddy, (born Fred Braithwaite). He was the first host of the groundbreaking hip hop music video show, "Yo! MTV Raps," in the late 1980s . Freddy has been forever immortalized on the American New Wave group Blondie’s hit single “Rapture,” when lead singer Debbie Harry rapped, “Fab 5 Freddy told me everybody’s fly.”
Object Name
boom box
music system
date made
ca 1985
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 34 in x 9 in; 29.21 cm x 86.36 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Music & Musical Instruments
Family & Social Life
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Places of Invention
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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