Are rockers racists?
Posted by: Laurent ()
Date: July 05, 2007 05:44PM

Quite a provocative topic, isn't it? Well, what I actually want to address in this post is why do you think there has never really been any Black artists leaving their mark in the (hard) rock genre since the 70's?

Except for Jimi Hendrix, Phil Lynott and Living Colour I don't know any Black musician who did anything on even an average successful scale in rock.

I find it quite surprising as a lot of hard rock bands are traditionally influenced by the blues, soul or old school R&B. Whitesnake, Tesla, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thunder, Cinderella, AC/DC, Great White, Rough Cutt/Shortino, Bad Company, The Black Crowes, Free, Glenn Hughes amongst others have made no secret of their love of black music and the influence it had on their music. Even bands coming from traditionally very conservative states like Lynyrd Skynrd, Molly Hatchet or Blackfoot had huge doses of blues in their rock.

I think it might have to do with the fact that the Black community feels the need to have its own music, a music that will not be "stolen" by the Whites. It's quite amazing to see that of all the various genres created by Blacks only rap has remained rather untouched by Whites. There is a huge "white following" but the bulk of the artists are black. Jazz, blues, soul, rock have all been "taken over" by Whites.

I never quite understood why Blacks never really made an impact in modern rock considering that there was/is obviously an audience loving blues influenced (hard) rock.

What is your take on this issue?

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Are rockers racists?188 Laurent 07/05/2007 05:44PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 119 Andrew 07/05/2007 06:17PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 131 going2takeudown 07/05/2007 07:52PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 116 Laurent 07/05/2007 08:27PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 115 going2takeudown 07/05/2007 09:01PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 125 Andrew 07/06/2007 10:07AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 123 burrned 07/05/2007 08:33PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 112 Melodie Crock 07/05/2007 09:30PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 120 Leet2607 07/05/2007 09:42PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 129 Ydde 07/07/2007 12:58AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 117 Carl1 07/07/2007 08:01AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 176 daveydaveydavo 07/05/2007 10:13PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 133 Laurent 07/05/2007 10:46PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 118 going2takeudown 07/05/2007 11:03PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 112 daveydaveydavo 07/05/2007 11:09PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 134 Laurent 07/05/2007 11:36PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 127 garyt 07/06/2007 07:36AM
Last time I checked Lenny Kravetz was black... 145 SNorander 07/05/2007 11:38PM
Re: Last time I checked Lenny Kravetz was black... 171 JAMMIN 07/05/2007 11:52PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 154 Mike the Conqueror 07/06/2007 02:23AM
No they're not... 151 rocknut 07/06/2007 02:33AM
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Re: A Similar Question? 127 froggy 07/06/2007 04:28AM
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Re: Are rockers racists? 109 Linda15 07/06/2007 04:57AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 120 Nick 07/06/2007 06:49AM
Yeah, right Frank.... 113 rocknut 07/06/2007 07:08AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 116 FWIW 07/06/2007 10:47AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 103 Nick 07/06/2007 03:19PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 119 Laurent 07/06/2007 03:42PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 124 Friends of Brett Walker 07/06/2007 11:33PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 111 going2takeudown 07/07/2007 12:45AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 123 daveydaveydavo 07/07/2007 12:45AM
Re: Are rockers racists? 126 Laurent 07/06/2007 03:30PM
Re: Are rockers racists? 117 Chazz 07/06/2007 04:16PM
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Re: Did someone misread the question ?? 145 Chazz 07/07/2007 05:42PM
Re: Did someone misread the question ?? 148 Figge 07/07/2007 08:08PM
Re: Did someone misread the question ?? 113 rocknut 07/07/2007 08:22PM
Re: Did someone misread the question ?? 157 Figge 07/07/2007 09:44PM
Re: Did someone misread the question ?? 139 Chazz 07/07/2007 11:50PM


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