Street style legend DJ Bobbito Garcia
NYC legend and king of sneaker culture, DJ Bobbito Garcia, looks back on his mark on fashion, music and sports with Salon's D. Watkins. Garcia was the first writer to ever focus on sneakers, his 1990s radio show "Stretch and Bobbito" introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and Eminem, and he made streetball culture mainstream.
"For me it's great when you watch a film on your laptop or you read a book for three hours or five hours or whatever it is..." Bobbito told SalonTV's D Watkins, "But when you see a film and how people are being impacted in an audience with 300 other people, 3000 whatever it is, we did Central Park Stage summer premiere two days ago, and it's 1500 to 2000 people and everybody is clapping at the same time, and people are crying and being moved, and coming to hug me, it's just paramount for me to be out there."Garcia is the critically acclaimed author of "Where'd You Get Those? NYC's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987." As an award-winning filmmaker, Garcia has directed "Doin' It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC," "Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives," and now, the street hoops icon is releasing his autobiographical documentary "Rock Rubber 45s," out worldwide July 24 OnDemand. Watch the interview above to hear more about how basketball has had a major influence on Garcia's career. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.