Punk and black

Just watched a cool documentary called Afro-Punk. It’s a fairly modest movie; the director wants to show the life that he knows, living as a black person in the punk community (and likewise as a punk rocker in Black America). There’s clips from the bands you’d expect (Bad Brains, Living Color, Fishbone) and some you may not have heard of (Cipher, Ten Grand). But this is much more about the fans than about the black men and women working in punk and hardcore. The interviews show a shared experience of being the one black person in a white community, of feeling alternately proud and worried that they’re defying the category of “being black.” It’s an intelligent, thoughtful little film, and I recommend it for anyone interested in the punk or hardcore scene.

Oh, and some music! Let’s see . . . how about some live Fishbone?!

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