Jaahnavi Kandula, Racist Rock and Roll, The Exxon Con
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Last week, Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner said his new book consisting of his greatest interviews with rock musicians only includes white men because women and BIPOC artists just aren’t as articulate about music. In addition to the obvious racism and misogyny, including only white men in his book (unironically entitled The Masters) is quite the oversight. Rock and Roll simply would not exist without Black people and women. Here are 14 people who were essential to its formation. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bo Diddley, and more were crucial to the lyrics, chords, rhythms, and sound of the music that burst onto the American landscape in the mmid-20th century. If we are to leave a colonized mindset, we must do more than renounce ignorant words and actions. We must educate ourselves and refuse to participate in the erasure that White Supremacy and patriarchy require. And in this case, you get to do all that by listening to some really amazing music.
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