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Black Rock Matters

Artists like Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka are blowing up the stereotype that rock music is white

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POWER CHORDS British rocker Kiwanuka, whose parents are African, performing in 2017.

OVER THREE DECADES AGO, music critic Greg Tate cofounded the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), an organization dedicated to both promoting black rock bands and righting a historic wrong. While African- American stars like Chuck Berry and Little Richard pioneered key elements of rock ’n’ roll in the early ’50s, the genre became overwhelmingly associated with white artists by the mid-’60s, leaving many black listeners and musicians feeling angry, alienated or both.

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