Paper magazine Founder David Hershkovits On the Boogie Down Bronx

The Sound of Success with Nic Harcourt

Sep 3 2021 • 24 mins

Paper magazine has been capturing everything cool in mainstream pop culture and underground counter-culture since 1984, and joining Nic today is the publications' co-founder and former editor-in-chief David Hershkovits. David and Nic talk about how Paper was one of the first magazines to cover the breakdancing and hip-hop worlds exploding out of the Bronx in the early 80s, as well as post-punk, no wave, new wave, the drag scene, and everything in between. Cut to 2014—with Kim Kardashian breaking the internet on the little independent magazine's instantly iconic and viral cover—and the publication is still, almost 40 years later, capturing what the kids are into these days. Listen as David talks about his musical roots and cutting his teeth on doo-wop girl groups and Motown before moving on to New Orleans jazz, the Beastie Boys, and the Carpenters.