Rubble Kings: Documentary On 1970s Bronx Street Gangs

Great video. You’re going to see a lot of parallels with the 1979 movie The Warriors, from gang structure to gang jackets to boundary lines to a peace effort by the Ghetto Boys to unite the gangs against the ‘imperialist oppressors.’ You might also learn a few things about hierarchy (president, vice president, warlord and gestapo), and the way rival gangs see each other after four decades have gone by, unlike West Coast gangs who keep their rivalries for life, pretty much.

I found this vid while researching names of Bronx street gangs from the seventies. I’ve already come up with a dice-driven random table to generate names for Los Angeles-based street gangs, and I’m working on another one for East Coast counterparts, in the name of inclusion and diversity, of course.

Trailer descrip: From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay a unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.


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