A History of Death

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

The trailer below looks fascinating. The whole narrative of black people involved in "white" (scare quotes intentional) music is really interesting. I don't know how we chose what musics we embrace, when we embrace them and why. 


A bit more:

Death began playing at cabarets and garage parties on Detroit's predominantly African-American east side, but were met with reactions ranging from confusion to derision. "We were ridiculed because at the time everybody in our community was listening to the Philadelphia sound, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers," Bobby said. "People thought we were doing some weird stuff. We were pretty aggressive about playing rock 'n' roll because there were so many voices around us trying to get us to abandon it."

Good stuff.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/04/a-history-of-death/237382/