- Aug 27, 2011
First of all, the only reason rock n roll exists is because of R&B, blues, gospel, & jazz. The term "rock n roll" itself was old Black American slang for sex. It's even mentioned in songs going all the way back to the 1930s. Rock n roll as a music genre was only titled that when white people started doing R&B in the late 1950s. It's technically just an earlier version of the term "blue eyed soul". R&B was code for "Black", the genre was even called "Black Singles/Albums" in Billboard during the 1980s. Just like before it was called "rhythm & Bues", it was called "race music". A lot of the early white rock singers also charted on the R&B chart at the same time like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, & even Conway Twitty who later switched to country music.Rock music is rightfully considered to be superior to RnB and dance music because rock music requires more talent and skills to create, to record, but also to perform it live.
Also are you saying that AC/DC music takes more talent than Barry White's to create & perform? Barry often has an orchestra on his songs. The reason why acts like Elvis, Rolling Stones, & Eric Clapton sold more is because they are white and white people ususally bought more records than other races. Pat Boone would sell more than Little Richard & Fats Domino doing the same songs. People in general tend to buy more records by artists of their own race, unless they like hip hop. It's the reason that if you look at the Top 50 highest selling artists, the majority are white males. Are you saying that white men have more talent than women of any race? It's the reason Black artists had to "crossover" to the "mainstream" Top 40 pop radio to get big sales. So saying rock music takes more talent is basically saying white people have more talent than Black people, since most rock artists are white (or at least the really popular ones not named Jimi Hendrix are) and most R&B artists are Black. I'm guessing you are one of those "disco sucks" people, which was thinly veiled racism, sexism, & homophobia by 1970s white rock fans.
The founders of Rolling Stone are white, so of course they're going to mainly write about white acts. Remember they refused to put Michael Jackson on the cover after Off The Wall, because they didn't think a Black artist would sell as well and that was true with mainstream publications. There's a reason that magazines like Ebony & Jet and TV shows like Soul Train were created. Because they were mostly ignored by the mainstream white publications