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Tear Down the Walls: White Radicalism and Black Power in 1960s Rock

Patrick Burke


This book sheds light on a significant but overlooked facet of 1960s rock and the Black Power era—white musicians and audiences casting themselves as political revolutionaries by enacting a romanticized vision of African American identity. It focuses on 1968 and 1969, years when the New Left in the US and UK began to combine cultural radicalism and political radicalism. White musicians sought to employ Black music for revolutionary aims that included personal transformation, political protest, and/or free publicity. Rock, a form dominated by white musicians and audiences but pervasively influe ... More

Keywords: white musicians, authenticity, 1960s rock, rock, cultural appropriation, cultural radicalism, political radicalism, New Left, Black Power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226768182
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226768359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Burke, author
Washington University in St. Louis