What comes with this word?

Rock does for sure! Black does too.

And those roots lie in blues, an awe-inspiring

anthology of Black liberation sound.


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BRU learned that enslaved African

and free African-descended/Caribbean

folks had compounded on baroque and operatic

(European), ancestral folk music.

This continous conversation (and appropriation)

all points to the power in

Indigenous artistries!

You've seen several pioneers

in other genres.

Punk is a child of blues, zydeco,

reggae, jazz and rock.

So revisit with us!

Alberta Hunter had one of the first blues hits,

Ma Rainey covered it: "Downhearted Blues".

Papa Charlie Jackson (or Baby Franklin Seals, above)

was the first recorded bluesman here in America (U.S.)


His two-year dedication is an achievement

for any age, ushered a stellar discography

via Paramount Records.

Blind Lemon, Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox

all passed through this recording studio.

Ida and Ma Rainey recorded with Papa during the 1930's!

Punk/avant-garde heavy rocker

Jack White is from Wisconsin, another blues

birthplace since Paramount was a

Wisconsin Chair Co. subsidiary.

"The great irony, of course, is that they created

the richest repository of early

American vernacular music,

what America sounded like...the

Library of Congress had no field recordings

until the 1930s." (Rolling Stone)

It is easier to reinvent when gaps exist through time.

Do people remember who rock's forebears are?

Screamin' Jay Hawkins is a musical all-star.

His anti-authority and pro-Black, clashing tunes

and aesthetic choices are still

traditional punk in 2020.

Those pulsing riffs, drums and aggressive

tones are based in the power

of public commons: rocking as one openly.

Little Richard was punk just by being themselves!

He created and sang for their own youth

group (Tiny Tots Quartet).

They hit the road by 13 years old to start anew.

"Good Golly Miss Molly!"

We have talked to several musicians in the genre

from Maafa, ACHE, The 1865!

This rich history will shine proudly.

You know PURE HELL were the first

Black punk band, right?

They continue to rock today.

Kenny Gordon, Lenny Boles, Preston

Morris and Michael Sanders leave an unforgettable

mark since 1974: Philly, Black, loud and proud.

Honeychild Coleman shares a momentous move

to New York City like them. The city is a game-changer.

Their underground presence grew into mainstream recognition.

Curtis Knight is an established musician

who's known to have discovered Jimi Hendrix.

Pure Hell, he and partner Kathy Knight

quickly gravitated toward studio

sessions and touring plans (Dazed Digital)!

Their boots were definitely made for walking.

Reggae artists contributed to the skanky sway

and deep bass groove that many diasporic

Black rockers eagerly heard as youth, too.

Metal has the same Caribbean roots.

Mosh is an Americanization of patois,

"mashing it up", mixing and building on rhythm!

Respect the scene.

"What I saw was missing in those early

punk rock days, was the message

and how it wasn’t too positive.

That’s where I would change the message

and make it more positive.

We had a philosophy: PMA. Positive Mental Attitude,"

H.R. Hudson shared to American Songwriter.

Reggae's alternative, resistant lifestyle

and antifascism, long dreads inspired

a revolutionary scene.

It bites back and doesn't waste time

because historically the low-income musicians

in DIY punk scenes share equipment AND space.