When Mos Def, platinum-selling New York-based rapper, determined to make a foray into rock 'n roll he referred to as his band "Jack Johnson." The identify selection was once a telling one: Johnson used to be the 1st black international heavyweight boxing champion, a guy who has been defined as "fighting not just for his personal dignity but additionally to knock white the USA off its haughty perch." The band Jack Johnson maintains the culture of environment the tale instantly via not easy the inspiration that rock is an completely white area. amassing the tales of Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Lee and Love, Prince, the punk band undesirable Brains, and extra imprecise black participants of "white" bands, besides unique interviews with cut down from weapons n' Roses, Little Richard, Lenny Kravitz, and others, it turns into transparent that the genuine tale of blacks in rock has remained principally untold for a lot too lengthy. this is often crucial analyzing for any rock fan, proposing the heritage of rock from an perspective unseen until eventually now.

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