Right now, I have created 63 artist pages on this blog, and 59 of them are white. Two of the four non-white artists covered are relatively obscure New Zealand acts.
And here’s a random selection of ten songs that my ITunes played this morning:
Trickle Down – Mercury Rev (Boces)
Go, Hippie – Fountains Of Wayne (Utopia Parkway)
Comes A Time – Neil Young (Comes A Time)
Log Cabin Fever – Split Enz (Time And Tide)
Cloud on my Tongue – Tori Amos (Under The Pink)
Archives Of Pain – Manic Street Preachers (The Holy Bible)
Whatever Happened To? – The Buzzcocks (Singles Going Steady)
In Shades – Tom Waits (Heartattack And Vine)
Twelve Hours Of Sunset – Roy Harper (Valentine)
Ride On – Parliament (Tear The Roof Off 1974-1980)
Again, it’s dominated by white artists. I’m pretty certain I’m not the only amateur album review site that’s dominated by white male acts. There are possible reasons for why this happens:
- most music critics are white and male, so the music they prefer reflects themselves.
- non-white musicians often play different genres of music – genres like jazz and hip hop have plenty of black representation, while genres like progressive rock and British folk don’t.
But whatever the reason, I’d like to make this site a little less white eventually. Do you have suggestions for non-white artists with strong album catalogues? I’ll certainly tackle some hip hop sometime, I’m happy to cover non-English music but don’t know much about it, but I feel like jazz is probably outside the scope of this site – it has a different vocabulary. So far I’ve covered Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder, and Jimi Hendrix and Prince are obvious artists who I’ll cover sometime, but please hit me with some more suggestions.