Monday, January 29, 2007

Blipster - The Rise of Black Hipster Culture


WHEN Douglas Martin first saw the video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a teenager in High Point, N.C., “it blew my mind,” he said. Like many young people who soothe their angst with the balm of alternative rock, Mr. Martin was happy to discover music he enjoyed and a subculture where he belonged.

Except, as it turned out, he didn’t really belong, because he is black.

Death Cab for Cutie - Title & Registration:

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit:

Afro Punk trailer:

White Lies, Black Sheep trailer:

Saw some parts of the blogosphere acting grumpy because the Times 'just discovered' that 'black people like rock', too. I am unable to see the Times' article as anything but what it actually is - a non-controversial piece on a growing and interesting trend in pop culture.

This is interesting because punk's always been in on that political thing. I continue to hope for the rise of a new, better black power-type party. Could it come through punk?


Anonymous said...

yes, it can come through!

thanks for this blog.


douglas martin said...

when i read this, i laughed out loud. a pretty lengthy e-mail interview, and all i become in the pitch for an after-school special. haha.