Black History Month: Rock ‘n Roll

It’s amazing to me how music can be so racial. If you are black you should only listen to hip hop, r&b, or gospel. If your white, you should only listen to rock, country, or folk music. Yet, all music is interrelated. It’s all mixed up. Music is music. If you like the sound, you should just jam too it.

One of the genres that is almost totally excluded by the black community is Rock ‘n Roll. Which is crazy, since rock is a mix of jazz, the blues, r&b, country, and folk. Some of the biggest Rock ‘n Roll acts of all time are black. Little Richard, Chubby Checker, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, the Coasters, and many many more all helped shaped what is considered rock ‘n roll today is the 1950s and 1960s. One of the greatest guitar players of all time is Jimi Hendrix. A lot of people don’t realize this, and dismiss rock ‘n roll as “white” music. It’s just as big a part of our culture as hip hop or r&b, and should be looked on as such. Without these great innovators, music today wouldn’t be what it is.


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