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The Ghetto Brothers Reissued, Pinback In The Studio

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pinback performs live in the studio. Pinback performs live in the studio. (Michael Katzif/WNYC)

Today on Soundcheck: In 1972, members of a Bronx street gang called the Ghetto Brothers released the record Power-Fuerza. Now, this once-rare nugget is being reissued. Ghetto Brothers founder and lead singer Benjy Melendez and DJ and hip hop journalist Jeff "Chairman" Mao join to discuss the album.

Then, Pinback performs songs from its latest album Information Retrieved.

And Billboard editor Joe Levy drops by to talk about the business of The Rolling Stones.


Joe Levy

The Ghetto Brothers' Elusive Record Resurfaces, Four Decades Later

In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.

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