I've recently had the opportunity to contribute some blog posts to the Converse site. The first post ran yesterday. Typically, if I'm doing a series for a site, I'll do some level-setting. That is, I want to provide some context for folks to understand my POV and why I think black rock is important and worth talking about. It was a great exercise to repurpose my approach since the readers of Converse's site tend to be 16-28 years old. The tone the Converse folks are going for is upbeat and inspirational.
Anyway, here's a peek at my first post:
“Black rock, Afro-Punk, and black alternative music.”
That’s my response when people ask me what kind of music I cover on
my blog, Boldaslove.us. For nearly three years, this has been my beat.
It’s been my attempt to chronicle the cultural shift that I think we’re
all experiencing: Black rock, or Afro-Punk, if you will, once confined
to the fringes of music culture, is now making it’s way towards the
mainstream. It’s still got a ways to go, to be sure. But, as we head
into 2010, there’s never been a more exciting time to understand the
origins of music that’s reshaping the urban cultural landscape.
First, let’s use this definition: When I say “black rock” I’m not
talking about black men and women simply doing whatever you might
currently understand to be rock music. And I’m not trying to suggest a
separate, but equal new genre. No, I’m using as a term that describes
music by black artists that synthesizes a broad range of influences and
interests. Some examples can be found at www.boldaslove.us/listening_post/
You can read the full post here via this link.
The other four pieces cover how I got into black rock, a review of the kickoff date of the Afro-Punk Tour, a Q&A with The Bots, and my new year's wishes for black rock. I've been told that the schedule for the articles will run on the following dates:
- January 11
- January 13
- January 18
- January 20
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment on the Converse site.