Black Struggle gave us Rock and Roll...

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Here is a short video about the roots of Rock and Roll... Louis Jordan the inventor of Rock and Roll...


Louis Thomas Jordan[a] (July 8, 1908 – February 4, 1975)[1] was an American saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and bandleader who was popular from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. Known as "the King of the Jukebox", he earned his highest profile towards the end of the swing era. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an "early influence" in 1987.[2]

 

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The is an odd article about the Rise of civil rights with Rock and roll...


“For some of us, it began late at night: huddled under bedroom covers with our ears glued to a radio pulling in black voices charged with intense emotion and propelled by a wildly kinetic rhythm through the after-midnight static. Growing up in the white-bread America of the Fifties, we had never heard anything like it, but we reacted,” writes Robert Palmer in the Rolling Stone.

“The Bo Diddley beat, which […] began showing up on records by everybody from the former jazz bandleader Johnny Otis (“Willie and the Hand Jive”) to the Texas rockabilly Buddy Holly (“Not Fade Away”)—was Afro-Caribbean in derivation. The most durable (read “overused”) bass riff in Fifties rock & roll […] had been pinched by Dave Bartholomew, Domino’s canny producer and bandleader, from a Cuban son record. […] Traditional Mexican rhythms entered the rock & roll arena through Chicano artists.”1
 

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Native Americans and heavy metal? @diane ...


Native American influence is deeply engrained in rock and metal, whether you realize it or not. From the greatest guitarist of all time, to the innovator of the power chord, to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and sharing the stage with the Beatles, we're paying tribute to First Nation American musicians.
 

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There is a rock documentary about Native Americans influence on Rock and Roll... It's called Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,


Beginning with the influence Link Wray’s recording had on other rockers—“‘Rumble’ had the power to push me over the edge,” says Iggy Pop in the film—the documentary provides a short course on the subjugation of Native American culture, how it survived, and how so many musicians with Native American blood absorbed, and contributed to, our country’s pop music. They’re all here: bluesmen Charley Patton (Cherokee) and Howlin’ Wolf (Choctaw), 1930s jazz singer Mildred Bailey (Cour D’Alene), folk singer Buffy Sainte Marie (Cree), Jimi Hendrix (part Cherokee), Robbie Robertson (Mohawk), Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas (Shoshone), Jesse Ed Davis (a Kiowa who performed the guitar solo on Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes” in one take) and more.
 

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Native Americans and heavy metal? @diane ...


Native American influence is deeply engrained in rock and metal, whether you realize it or not. From the greatest guitarist of all time, to the innovator of the power chord, to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and sharing the stage with the Beatles, we're paying tribute to First Nation American musicians.
There is a LOT of Native influence in American music, in the arts in general as a matter of fact. Back in the 80s and 90s it was fashionable in Hollywood to say one was American Indian - turned out almost all of them had none or so little a paper cut and they'd lose it! The ones who really had Native roots...said nothing.

Some, like John Trudell, were incredibly dark - this ditty about a duck, for example:


And others, like the 70s Redbone, went for the over-sweet syrup...and this particular song isn't quite as bubble-gummy as might seem at first!

 

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Here is a list of the top 50 Top Black music artists in history... Who do you think is number one?

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That should just about cover every major musical genre from the last 150 years or so. And what all of those artists have in common is that they are African American.

With it being African American Music Appreciation Month, we decided to count down the 50 most important Black music artists of all time in the United States.
 

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