Well, where would rock’n’roll be?
Without ya immigration or migration
Where would rock’n’roll be?
Well, there may not have been no country
May not have been no blues
No melting pot down in New Orleans
Well, that’s a hell of a thing to lose.
Folk-soul singer Abu Talib (formerly Bobby Wright) talks about the political climate of the early 1970s, his “people’s farm” in the Bronx and the reissue of his single, Blood of an American.
A personal tribute to the legendary pianist McCoy Tyner: Jazz, Communism and Islam.
Detroit, is where musical talent ran strong and free. Everyone was singing and harmonizing, everyone was playing piano and guitar. Aretha came out of this world, but she also came out of another far-off magical world none of us really understood. She came from a distant musical planet where children are born with their gifts fully formed.
To end our series, in which Hassan Mahamdallie delves into his collection of punk singles to tell the story of musical rebellion and growing up as a bored south London teenager of mixed heritage during the turbulent period of Enoch Powell and the nazi National Front, here are his top ten debut singles…
Punk and New Wave exploded onto the musical stage in 1976-77. The new music brought the bloated rock scene that came before it crashing down – and punk has shaped much of the music that has come since. Here, Hassan Mahamdallie looks at the Clash, possibly the most important punk band of all time.