Before you could access all the world's music on a device the size of a deck of cards, bringing songs with you involved some commitment. Perhaps the most fly, but least practical accessory ever, '70s and '80s boomboxes featured tape decks, a radio, speakers and no small amount of attitude.
Often considered a statement of presence, they were embraced by early hip hop culture and, inevitably, copied by the mainstream even as they were derisively termed "ghetto blasters". For just a hint of their cultural import, recall that a boombox blasting Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" played a key role in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing". Here, a look back on all the ways people used to take their tunes with them. (Above: LL Cool J in 1986)
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