Developed as a portable music system in the early 1970s and soon became popular globally due to their compact size and impressive sound quality. The boombox quickly became associated with urban society. The wide use of boomboxes in urban communities led to the boombox being coined a “ghetto blaster”, a nickname which was soon used as part of a backlash against the boombox and hip hop culture. Cities began banning boomboxes from public places, and they became less acceptable on city streets as time progressed .
There have been performances in public places for gratuities in every major culture in the world, dating back to antiquity. For many musicians street performance was the most common means of employment before the advent of recording and personal electronics.
As a form of activism street parties are festive and/or artistic efforts to reclaim public space by large groups of people. They were made known in Western Europe and North America by the actions of a widespread collaberation dedicated to reclaiming public space from automobiles and corporations.
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