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Robert Johnson: 13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock

Robert Johnson and the Devil It’s midnight; two lonely dirt roads cross near the Dockery Plantation in rural Mississippi. It’s there that a young man with a guitar waits. He wants to strike a deal, his soul for great talent. The Faustian legend goes that a large black man appears....

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Fishbone: 13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock

Grab a bag, add ska, punk, rock, funk, reggae, metal, hip-hop, country, social commentary, humor, mohawks, dreds, and unlimited energy, now shake it up. When well-mixed, pour it on a stage and you have arguably the best live band ever. You have Fishbone in its prime. A band that isn’t...

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Vernon Reid: 13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock

Vernon Reid Vernon Reid may not be a household name, but if you love music, he should be. After years of struggling to find the right lineup, while attempting to break through the racial barrier of hard rock (a time before social media) he finally convinces a label that an...

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Top Ten Most Relevant Old School Rap Songs

Old School The definition of Old School Rap is debatable. Most descriptions put Old School as being from the mid-70s until the mid-90s. To me, anything after the early 90s is not Old School. It is merely old. That leads me to a question, what are the most influential early...

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Death: 13 Black Artists Who Inspired Rock

Death is a story of what was and what should have been. The Detroit based proto-punk band came before the founding fathers of punk music. They were ahead of such legends as the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and the Clash. They began five years before the most famous African-American Punk band,...

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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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Top 60 Cover Songs of All Time

History of the Cover Song Cover Song started out as a racist term. Its first use was to describe a white artist recording a song by a black artist. The black artist did not receive royalties from the use of their song. An example would be Pat Boone poorly covering...