The following is a list of items intended to provide users with a general introduction to the topic of Black rock. This is not an exhaustive list, an users are encouraged to use the bibliographies and references provided by these items to aid in further exploration of specific bands, subgenres and topics.
Archives of African American Music and Culture
Black Rock Discography/Filmography - This annotated discography/filmography includes selected items currently held by the AAAMC and is divided chronologically into five sections, beginning with rock ‘n’ roll’s roots in the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and concluding with 21st century rock. Many of the recent releases have been reviewed in Black Grooves. Check IUCAT for complete information on each title. The AAAMC collections do not circulate; materials may be accessed in the reading room.
Books & Articles
Browne, David. 2008. "Black Rock: An Oral History." Spin Magazine (Nov.).
Chappell, Kevin. 1997. "How Blacks Invented Rock and Roll: R&B Stars Created Foundation of Multibillion-Dollar Music Industry." Ebony.
Columbia College, Chicago. 2007-2008. "Rock Definition of Style." Center for Black Music Research website.
Crazy Horse, Kandia. 2004. Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N Roll. Palgrave MacMillian.
Mahon, Maureen. 2004. Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race. Duke University Press.
Afro-punk - Website devoted to the Afro-punk movement, movie, and festival. The site includes band profiles, a blog, message board,
Black Rock Coalition - The oldest and largest organization devoted to supporting and promoting African American rockers, the Black Rock Coalition was founded by guitarist Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate, and producer Konda Mason in 1985. Their site includes concert announcements, podcasts, photo galleries, and information on how to join the BRC.
Bold As Love - Blog by Rob Fields providing in-depth discussion of Black rock including the history, definition, defining performers, and upcoming events. In addition to text, Fields also posts podcasts, images, and embedded YouTube videos.
AAAMC's Black Rock Resources - The AAAMC has been actively collecting CDs and DVDs in support of the conference Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music. This annotated discography/filmography lists items owned by the AAAMC and is divided chronologically into five sections, beginning with rock 'n' roll's roots in the rhythm and blues of the 1940s and concluding with 21st century rock. Selected titles have been reviewed in Black Grooves. Check IUCAT for complete information on each title. The AAAMC collections do not circulate; materials may be accessed in the reading room.
Afro Punk - Documentary film directed by James Spooner exploring issues of racial identity and the challenges faced by African American artists in the American punk rock scene.
Black Grooves - Music review site created by the AAAMC covering recent releases related to performances by African American musicians. The site covers a variety of popular music genres, and users may access a number of reviews of Black rock CDs and DVDs by clicking on the link for "Pop, Rock, and Misc." under "Posts by Category" on the right side menu.
BoldasRadio #1 - Rob Fields, author of the Bold As Love blog, interviews Maureen Mahon about various issues underlying Black rock, including race, class, and political ideologies.
Electric Purgatory - A documentary on the struggles of the black rock musician and the stigma they face in the black community and the music industry.
Jimi Hendrix (Deluxe Edition) - 1973 documentary directed by Gary Weis and Joe Boyd which depicts Jimi's life both on stage and behind the scenes. The film consists of classic concert footage interspersed with interviews with friends and prominent musicians giving first-hand recollections, including Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Little Richard, Lou Reed, Buddy Miles and more.
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