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Women Making History: Miss Sara Rosen


M.I.S.S.: Women Making History

Women Making History: Miss Sara Rosen

Women Making History: Miss Sara Rosen

Above portrait of Miss Sara Rosen Portrait by Helen Gras

To say that Miss Sara Rosen is prolific, would be a grave understatement. As you read on about this creative innovator’s achievements, you’ll quickly understand why we are proud and pleased to honor her as a Women Making History. Here we go…

“I’ve come to realize, it’s not like I spot the bestselling projects. But that these books get into the right hands, if only a couple thousand of them, means new directions can be spun out of each and every one of them.” –Sara Rosen, Format Mag, April 2008

Sara Rosen is the Associate Publisher and Senior Vice President of powerHouse Books, Publisher of Miss Rosen Editions, Editor of powerHouse Magazine, and former Executive Director of The powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn. During her decade at powerHouse, she has created books, exhibitions, and special events that spark and influence trends with projects including New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn (May 2008); We B*Girlz 25th Anniversary Breakin’ Event at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York (Aug. 2006); and the graffiti episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice” (Feb. 2005). Miss Rosen has also written for the Telegraph, Swindle, Whitlewall, and Staf magazines and been profiled in Paper, Juxtapoz, Style Monte Carlo, Spread ArtCulture, Publishers Weekly, and Heeb, among many others.

Miss Rosen Editions

Miss Rosen Editions


The M.I.S.S. Crew favorite, We B* Girlz, which includes photos by Martha Cooper.

The M.I.S.S. Crew favorite, We B* Girlz, which includes photos by Martha Cooper.

See more Miss Rosen Editions, including some new projects and a handwritten survey fom Miss Rosen herself, after the jump!

Miss Rosen Editions, plus pH Magazines issue 1-5. The titles include:

powerHouse Magazine Issue 4: Gotta Have It

powerHouse Magazine Issue 4: Gotta Have It

AutoGraf

AutoGraf

Pees on Earth

Pees on Earth

It’s All Good

It’s All Good

Bombshell

Bombshell

Bears

Bears

Hamburger Eyes

Hamburger Eyes

We Are Experienced

We Are Experienced

Belgrade Belongs to Me

Belgrade Belongs to Me

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Other titles include: Wild Style The Sampler, New York State of Mind, Pillage, It’s Just Begun, That 70s Show, The Hustle, Busted, Vandal Squad, Public Access and the M.I.S.S. Crew favorite, We B*Girlz.

Below we get a little insight to who Sara Rosen is via the M.I.S.S. survey:

M.I.S.S. survey: Sara Rosen

M.I.S.S. survey: Sara Rosen

Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004, by Joseph Rivera, A Miss Rosen Edition

Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004, by Joseph Rivera, A Miss Rosen Edition


Graffiti writers have left a vivid trail and told their spellbinding tales the world over in countless books and magazines, films and videos, websites and events. They have shared stories of war and glory, of battles and triumphs, and have the pictures to prove it. But many have gone down for those ups; they’ve been caught in action or hunted as criminals, and brought forth to answer for crimes of vandalism. They’ve copped pleas or pleaded guilty outright; they’ve been sentenced to do community service, to pay fines, and sometimes even to serve jail time—yet more often than not they got right back in action. No one knew this better than the New York City Transit Police Vandal Squad. Founded in 1980, the Vandal Squad’s mission was to protect the subway system from hardcore criminal acts of destruction like kicking out windows and throwing seats out of train cars. It was only with the Clean Car Program of 1984 that graffiti became the primary focus of this specialized Unit. On a mission to catch those who gained fame under tag names, the Vandal Squad had to identify and locate these individuals cloaked in anonymity (and often so transient they were referred as “ghosts”) using every means available, including the NYPD computer database, Search Warrants, subpoenas, and even vandals themselves. In Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984–2004, former member Officer Joseph Rivera recounts the days and nights spent in pursuit of some of New York City’s most notorious vandals. The only book on graffiti told from the perspective of law enforcement, Vandal Squad takes us inside the New York Police Department. Rivera’s fast-paced tales of cat and mouse are presented alongside professional disregard within the Department. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and stories of graffiti’s infamous Top 40, Vandal Squad offers an unprecedented look at the graffiti world from the other side of the game.
To preview the book please visit http://www.powerhousebooks.com/look-inside/433

The recent release Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984–2004 has caused consternation throughout the global graffiti community with charges that author Joseph Rivera is profiting off the very criminals he spent his career incarcerating. In response, the powerHouse Arena will host a conversation between former members of the Vandal Squad and the graffiti writers, the first such event of its kind. With the intent of providing an open forum for public discussion to discuss the issues regarding the methods that the Vandal Squad employs and their impact on the lives of the writers themselves. Panelists include Vandal Squad author Joseph Rivera, former Commanding Officer Lieutenant Steven Mona, original Vandal Squad Lieutenant Ken Chiulli, graffiti legend COPE2, graffiti activist Ket, and street artist ELLIS G. The event will be moderated by Stern Rockwell, Streets Are Saying Things.

Busted: powerHouse Magazine Issue 5 (April 2009)

Busted: powerHouse Magazine Issue 5 (April 2009)

Remember when you got grounded in 10th grade for coming home drunk and vomiting on the dog? Or the time you got caught selling fake ecstasy and were escorted out of that after-hours dive? Or how about the time your girlfriend got your password and broke into your Gmail account, only to discover you had an online honey? Man, if you had a dollar for every time you got busted, you’d be able to post bail right about now. To celebrate all that goes wrong when you’re up to no good, powerHouse Magazine introduces Issue 5: Busted, a sometimes serious, often hilarious look at failure and fiasco from around the globe. From manhunts to masturbation, friendly fire to robbing the mafia, trespassing to parking-lot madness, Busted promises the most eclectic mix of nogoodniks, anarchists, and frisky kids ever caught between two covers. Featuring the work of Keiji Ando, Patti Astor, Basty, Orkan Benli, Nora Bibel, Boogie, Nathan Brown, Negri Cabrini, Nicola Cairns, COPE2, Matthew Charles Crabe, Raphael Dellaporta, DJ Disco Wiz, Deborah Dragon, Meiko Elias, Michael Ellsberg, Ron English, Derek Erdman, Larry Fink, Yoav Galai, Jesse Gammage, Samantha Gainsborough, Michael Gonzales, Griddy Grimes, Roc Herms Pont, Steven Hirsch, Pinch Hudson, James Hughes, Idris Intifada, JR, Musa Kart, John Lurie, Narayan Mahon, Brantly Martin, Craig Mathis, Sarah McNeill, MISTA KGKASS, Caleb Neelon, New York _Daily News_, NOV as Loucious Broadway, ONE 9, Mark Peterson, Mia Petzall, Joseph Rivera, Joseph Rodriguez, Christophe Salet, Ivan Sanchez, Colin Simmons, Todd Solomon,Lila Szasz, Hank Willis Thomas, Maureen Valdes, Nathaniel Welch, Geordie Wood, Wooz, Meiko Xavier, and Joy Yoon.
Pillage by Brantly Martin, A Miss Rosen Edition (May 2009)

Pillage by Brantly Martin, A Miss Rosen Edition (May 2009)

The love child of Charles Bukowski and Bret Easton Ellis, Brantly Martin provides a brutal yet hilarious look at the lives of Manhattan’s downtown elite at the dawn of the new millennium in Pillage, his first novel. Detailing the decadent descent of Cracula and his crew, Martin lures us into the shadowy ambiguities of addiction—a world where desire meets destruction and the perversity of this pathos is often laughable. Be it urban wildebeest Aeronymous, the wigga with a taste for BAPE sweaters and iced coffees; the Fireman, the overgrown adolescent who knows the quickest way to your ex-girlfriend’s bed; or the Reverend, who rejected the sins of his brothers to save the Africans from themselves, the entitled creatures of this novel plunder what remains of a once-vibrant culture and reap the spoils of our languorous generation. Between eightballs of cocaine and pints of Patrn, Cracula fluctuates between reality and fantasy, hyper-aware of the faades, formulas, and falsehoods that encircle his existence, but unable to gain an advantage. Pillage reveals the inherent hypocrisy of America’s social and economic achievements, as they are made manifest in the city that never sleeps, slyly implying that triumph is a trap in itself—and the only way out? Just ask Kurt Cobain…
t’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop’s First Latino DJ, by Ivan Sanchez and Luis “DJ Disco Wiz” Cedeo, A Miss Rosen Edition (June 2009)

t’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop’s First Latino DJ, by Ivan Sanchez and Luis “DJ Disco Wiz” Cedeo, A Miss Rosen Edition (June 2009)

Half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican, Luis “DJ Disco Wiz” Cedeo is 100 percent Boogie Down Bronx. Born in the 60s, Wiz struggled in a turbulent and violent relationship with his alcoholic father while trying to protect his mother who was suffering from breast cancer. Raised in the 70s, Wiz learned the code of the streets while hustling with his crew, the East Side Boys. In 1975, Wiz discovered salvation when he hooked up with the legendary Grandmaster Caz to form the Mighty Force Crew, waging some of the biggest DJ battles in the Bronx during hip hop’s earliest years. When hip hop first hit, the DJ was king. Rockin’ the party on two turntables for the b-boys and fly girls on the dance floor, DJs like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash pioneered an art form that has come to define our times. The first Latino DJ in the game, Wiz, along with Caz, went on to make a “mixed plate” in 1977 which combined sound bites, special effects, and paused beats. An innovator, originator, and a battle-style DJ with no fear, Wiz swept through the Bronx like a tornado.
But the streets wouldn’t leave him in peace. After being convicted on an attempted murder charge, sentenced to nine years in prison, and forced to leave his baby daughter, Wiz was incarcerated upstate at the tender age of 17, where he learned the true meaning of desperation. But as time went on and he overcame his struggles with violence, drugs and alcohol, and women, Wiz eventually liberated himself from the path of self-destruction through love, self-respect, and self-determination.
It’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop’s First Latino DJ is a gritty and gripping tale of one man’s struggles to not only survive, but to triumph over adversity and abuse that will make your blood run cold.
By conquering unimaginable obstacles, Wiz offers inspiration to anyone who has ever wondered, “Why me?” To preview the book please visit: powerhousebooks.com/itsjustbegun
Many of these titles would have never seen the light of day if it were not for the a risk-taker like Sara. It takes industry people like her to open our eyes to provocative issues and storys. We hope you’ve enjoyed Sara’s feature. To learn more about her and powerHouse books, please visit: www.powerhousebooks.com

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