Black Rock
Black artists who wanted to play rock 'n' roll - as opposed to pop, or doo-wop, or soul music, or funk, or disco, or rap - have had a hard time getting a hearing from the music industry. Fortunately, given the chance, audiences have often responded. One standout group was the Band of Gypsys, the collaboration of Jimi Hendrix, drummer Buddy Miles and guitarist Billy Cox. Band of Gypsys was formed to play Woodstock—where Jimi Hendrix was the only artist paid to perform—at Bob Dylan’s upstate New York home. The single “Band of Gypsys” album contained several break out hits, from “Machine Gun” to “We Gotta Live Together,” songs that energized the anti-Vietnam War movement and ushered in racial togetherness.  Around this time The Chambers Brothers released their 1968 hit "Time Has Come Today".  Not long after, Richie Havens opened up the Woodstock festival.  The '80s brought us purer Black Rock band Living Color, who paved the way for a new generation of Black Rock bands

 

Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry, and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. Hendrix won many of the most prestigious rock music awards in his lifetime, and has been posthumously awarded many more, including being inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His debut US album, Are You Experienced, was inducted into the United States National Recording Registry, and Rolling Stone named Hendrix the top guitarist on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

 

Buddy Miles,best known as a member of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, played with a brisk, assertive, deeply funky attack that made him an apt partner for Hendrix. With his luxuriant Afro and his American-flag shirts, he was a prime mover in the psychedelic blues-rock of the late 1960’s, not only with Hendrix but also as a founder, drummer and occasional lead singer for the Electric Flag. During the 1980’s, he was widely heard as the lead voice of the California Raisins in television commercials.

 

The Chambers Brothers is a soul group.  The group appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Shortly after this, the group recorded its debut album People Get Ready. The band scored its first major hit in 1968 with "Time Has Come Today," from the group's similarly named third album. The song spent five consecutive weeks at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, just missing the Top Ten.

 

Richie Havens is a folk singer and guitarist, best known for his intense rhythmic guitar style, soulful covers of other songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.  Havens is similarly noted for his guitar skill. Some of his recordings feature a percussive sound that is actually his foot tapping on the floor.  In his early years, Havens rarely wrote his own songs but often applied his distinctive style to the works of others, notably Bob Dylan and the Beatles. More recent albums contain more of his own compositions.

 

Living Colour is a funk metal band from NYC .  They rose to fame with their debut album, Vivid, in 1988. Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, hard rock, free jazz, hardcore punk and hip hop, containing lyrics that attack the Eurocentrism and racism of America. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their anthemic single "Cult of Personality", which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989, and their highest charting single "Type". They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.