Where The Peoples' Music Was Sold
Once more, as in the 1930s and 40s, the music was being sold out of car trunks.Constructed this time from petroleum products except for a few metal screws, the cassette tapes were the only way that the sound of the urban streets were broadcast. Thus began the 1970s-1990s for African so called Americans buying and selling their recorded music.
Once again, also, the social messages of the people, this time the very young, those born as the Civil Rights laws of the early 1960s 'rotted on the vine',became increasingly commercialized. The 1980s and 90s music industry promoted egocentric individuals or exploited the artist personalities. There was little interest in a long fought battle of the people.
Lacking the elder, seasoned opposite that the Terry Calliers could provide, a specific, killing corporate and state agenda supported only certain voices.Lacking a perspective, the social implosion also occurred in the midst of a corporate resurgence - and the massive growth of inequality.The elevation of artists who endorsed corporate products brazenly, from alcoholic drinks, luxury clothing and expensive sportswear became lucrative as the references to where most of the recording stars had come from fell away into the shadows.Life in New York City or other USA metro areas, the racially restricted 'hoods' was on display but too often the distressing details were under the corporate lens. Millions of times, the sophisticated corporate media defined the tragedy or triumph as it wished. The arists were silent in fear of losing whatever had been gained as far as personal earnings and the chance to leave the 'hood'.Personal problems became the headline in media not development in the craft.Singing or chanting (or cursing) with a drum machine was crucial. Sunglasses, once worn only by Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles, were standard on stage and for some even at night in public.Comedic posturing in place of real talent became the ordinary definition of the 'stars'.Open drug abuse, jail terms and skin lighteners, steroids and drug rehabilitation became status markers. Before long, death threats were made and carried out. The perpetrators were often never found. War, on recordings or war on the streets was a strange goal being reached. Life became cheaper than last year's song's insults.In time, continuation of racist, sexist and classist stereotypes by the corporate media (and in truth black and brown people willing to play buffoons) aided a system poised to profit. This global complex, like the people, was struggling to survive.
END PART 3
3 September 2015
The Big Bang (Exile 2012)
"...What is The Big Bang?
It can be said that the Big Bang occurred in the USA when Africans (so called Americans) made trapset drum music flower into a distinct, mature cultural phenomenon after centuries of condemnation of the drum. A great many drummers of the important time after 1945 shaped today's scene..."
New Century Friends (Exile 2013)
"...I'm from the Telegram era but I found out about Instagram
If I need to know what a cloud is, as far as computers, I can ask him. I thought autotune was a new car technology. On the other hand, the concept of the cap gun of my 1960s youth was a mystery to him.
He's of another world, make that two. One parent is an African, the other European, his gene pool blended in a 1990s sauce. Corporate forces, military and business-and though I'm not privy, love has brought forth multiracial and multilingual generations thirsting for some global sanity to all of this growth/decline going on. Critical parts of the vaunted White world regimes are in peril and at the same time the Africa of old is shedding dead skin.
I'm in class these days, learning from these young men and women, especially those who have travelled to the locale they wonder about, the not so united America and it's fifty states. I'm really unable to explain much of the corporate driven popular media of any era but I can compare notes with someone three and a half decades younger..."