A Native West Philadelphian's Playlist
by Iris Jenkins
Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes from invited artists and community members consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals.
Iris Jenkins shares her Philly playlist.
These songs always bring a smile to my face and make me remember when the world was less complicated. Growing up in West Philly's Wynnefield section we couldn't wait to go to King James Records on 52nd Street near Girard Avenue to buy the latest song on vinyl. These were the days when Philadelphia International Records ruled the airwaves.
My Saturday wasn't complete until I watched the latest episode of Soul Train.
LaBelle was all the rage the summer of 1975.
This song reminds me of hopping in my parent's Ford Grenada with my friends and cruising the Belmont Plateau. Will Smith grew up down the street from me.
I didn't know that Jill was on her way to stardom when we used to check out her poetry at the Old Zanzibar Blue on 11th Street.