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Little Richard: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Little Richard Heavy mascara and an androgynous sexual appeal, he bangs the piano with his groundbreaking style. His songs delivered with a powerful whooping voice. He is the legend, Little Richard. However, before fame, he was born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia. Influenced by two uncles and a grandfather,...

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Jimi Hendrix: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix may be the best-known artist on our list. He is arguably the greatest electric guitar player of all time. Born left-handed, Jimi would play a right-handed Fender Stratocaster upside down. Before Jimi, other artists unsuccessfully experimented with feedback and distortion. Hendrix masters it making a fluid...

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Funkadelic: 13 Inspiring Black Artists of Rock

Funkadelic The lineage of Funkadelic began in the fifties when George Clinton and four Jersey friends create a doo-wop soul group called the Parliaments. The 1960s see them record for various small labels while George is commuting to Detroit to work with Motown. In 1967, after signing a deal with the...

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Sister Rosetta Tharpe is one of the most influential artists in the development of rock and roll. Sadly, she may not be a household name, but she is one of the original creators of the rock and roll sound. Known as the “Godmother of Rock and Roll,”...

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Intro: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

When looking back at the history of rock ‘n’ roll, you may find it strange that music once created and inspired by black artists is now primarily for and by whites. There are black artists associated with the music throughout the decades. They play rock and roll despite an invisible...

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10 Great Protest Songs

Since the election of Trump, there has been an increase in political posts on Twitter. The tweets inspired me to create a post on protest songs. Many songs came to mind. Here are ten in no particular order. I realize that there are songs by Public Enemy, Midnight Oil, the Clash,...

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Best Parking Spaces, Kathleen Hanna

There are few advantages to a long (hopefully temporary) confinement to a wheelchair. One is obvious: I get the best parking spaces. Another allowed me to meet my hero, Kathleen Hanna. Her current band, The Julie Ruin, was performing at the Cat’s Cradle. I know the main parking lot to...

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OK Go: Music Video Genius

In 2005, shortly after the birth of Youtube, the members of the American alternative band OK Go made a video for the song “A Million Ways.” The video was never intended for public consumption but once it was uploaded, it was a hit. The video was an intentionally goofy, choreographed...

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The Original Riot Grrrl, Kathleen Hanna

Kathleen Hanna is the original Riot Grrrl. I admire her talent and fearless radical beliefs. I love her and her music since coming across it in the early nineties. A few years ago, I received a hand-written letter answering a series of questions that I sent her. It was hard...

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The Adventures of One eskimO

In 2010 I stumbled across a band, an album and an animated hero. All three use the moniker One eskimO.  Starting with the band and their self-titled debut release, I became hooked on their sound after a few seconds of listening to the song “Kandi.”  Comparisons have mentioned a similarity...