Author Gloria F. Goldwater “SuperFly: My Untold Story of Hip Hop”The Capital Grille
The Beverly Center
8614 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Gloria read an excerpt from her book followed by a Q&A session
Gloria F. Goldwater, New York City socialite who was married to the creator of Archie Comics, the late John Goldwater, has stories to tell. This quirky blond, who was then the head of the women’s Anti-Defamation League (ADL), secretly loved hip hop music! As a result, Gloria decided to launch a hip hop influenced magazine called SuperFly Magazine with the help of her husband who had national and international distribution via Archie Comics.
Now, Goldwater has written a tell-all book about her challenging experiences: SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop. Her story of hip hop and of SuperFly Magazine is laid out in great detail in the new book from Gloria Goldwater.
Goldwater tells the story of how she went from coordinating big ADL events for Barbara Streisand to meeting with Senator Ted Kennedy and The Pope to name a few. She also recounts later meeting with Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, Chubb Rock, LL Cool J and hanging out at a party with Big Daddy Kane where Oprah Winfrey was also in attendance!
“I approached my husband and told him I wanted to start a magazine,” she said. “When I told him I wanted to do a hip hop magazine, I made sure he knew that I needed his support, because I knew there was a need for a hip hop magazine. I love the music and I knew the only one who could help me was him.”
SuperFly Magazine’s premiere issue hit the stands in February of 1991 and in no time, Gloria F. Goldwater became a staple of the music industry, interviewing all of the hip hop stars, from Big Daddy Kane to Masta Ace and from Queen Latifah to YoYo.
For the name of her new magazine, Goldwater took inspiration from one of the larger than life images of the 1970’s super hip film images—Super Fly.
“I wanted to have a name that was easily related to hip hop,” she said. “The movie Super Fly was so powerful because of the music in the soundtrack. I knew that hip hop was the same as the soundtrack for the lives of many young people, so the name made sense for the magazine. The soundtrack of Super Fly was larger than the motion picture and I saw that hip hop was becoming larger than any other musical art form.”
In SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop, Goldwater details her trials and tribulations, her good times and bad times during the era of running SuperFly Magazine.
The book delivers stories of working with emerging superstars, who would regularly stop by the magazine’s office to be interviewed and to hang out.
In addition, the book details the business venture, but also outlines the personal trials of Goldwater, who lost her first husband after discontinuing the magazine. The magazine also lays out the clear purpose and mission of SuperFly Magazine.
SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop reveals the stories of hip hop and hip hop artists who were making the world pay close attention to their music and their movement. Gloria F. Goldwater and SuperFly Magazine were there, and now those stories are being told. SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop also features pictures of some of the original SuperFly Magazines and rare photos of hip hop artists in the early days of their careers.
SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop is published by SuperFly Publishing Company. Log onto www.superfly-hiphopuntoldstory.com.