On a Sunday afternoon in 1986, two drug addicted rock stars from Aerosmith, Steve Tyler and Joe Perry, and rising hip hop artists from Run DMC went into a studio and changed musical and cultural history forever.
Their collaboration on the 1975 rock anthem, Walk This Way, delivered Hip Hop into the mainstream. The musical genre that today dominates record sales had been considered an underground, urban movement. It also revived the fortunes of Aerosmith.
Washington Post arts reporter Geoff Edgers charts how the surprising partnership changed ideas about race and music in his new book, Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music Forever