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Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N Roll Paperback – January 3, 2004

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"What a terrific book! As exciting as it is valuable--a resource!--Rip It Up is the most uniquely satisfying volume on music my eyes (and heart) have seen in YEARS."--Richard Meltzer author of The Aesthetics of Rock and A Whore Just Like the Rest

"Rip It Up--an eclectic mix of interviews and essays on black rock 'n' roll--filled with fascinating information and and provocative ideas."--Michael Lydon, author of Ray Charles: Man and Music

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Kandia Crazy Horse is a rock critic. She lives in Manhattan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st edition (January 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140396243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403962430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sherance M. Brothers on April 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
man this book was good I had to get this knowing that I'm a music lover and a fan of black rock funkadelic is my favorite rock band and they taught the whole industry a lesson also talks about jimi hendrix, artur lee, and love, sly stone, plus interviews with lenny kravitz, slash, and vendetta fields a former ikette yes ike turner helped pioneered rock n roll talks about bad brains, and how black people still cannot do the music they helped create which is sad black people just rock harder and better than than people like kid rock, limp bizkit, and beck who are really copying trends set by black artists.
black people today need to study their musical roots and embrace our heritege without artists like these there would be no rap today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plain Talk on October 23, 2013
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Are Black rockers a dying breed, or are they just integrating more genres in their music. These guys have taken the torch from Jimi Hendrix. I wouldn't neccessarily say that they have run with it, but they are doing the best they can. It is the Black community that have to keep pace. I enjoyed looking at the Black experience in Rock, because I wanted to see how a people go from the inventors of an artform, to barely even recognizing it.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Clark on January 6, 2004
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At a time when most books about "rock" leave out black artists
(the laughable Spin Guide to Alternative Rock didn't mention
Fishbone at all but predictably drooled over much lesser acts)
and when dull retreads such as Ryan Adams are hailed as the future of rock,here comes "Rip It Up" to showcase the true future of music. I could have done without the always useless
Jon Caramanica's article (I was at the Mos Def show and the reaction wasn't that severe) but hey the rest more than makes up for it.
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