Listen to Death

My friend (and history of modern music sherpa) Steve told me to watch a documentary and provided this intro: “Who would have guessed that punk rock was invented by black teenagers in Detroit?” I’m glad I took his advice. If you’re into music, or just inspiration in general, it’s definitely worth watching A Band Called Death; the story of three teenage brothers from Detroit who founded the first black punk band in the early 1970s.

+ The documentary was preceded by Mike Rubin’s 2009 piece in the NYT: This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk. From Jack White: “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn’t make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time.”

+ Were parts of Stairway to Heaven borrowed from another artist?

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