Summary of “How Living Colour Reignited Rock’s “Cult of Personality””

“The hair,” Reid said, “Was a different texture.” Despite having chops and a loyal following in the biggest city in the country, Living Colour for years couldn’t land a record deal.
“One of the most frustrating things,” Calhoun said, “Is the ignorance of people who will not admit or deal with the fact that black people invented rock ‘n’ roll.” By making songs about the perils of hero worship, racism, and gentrification, Living Colour forced listeners to reckon with uncomfortable truths.
Reid had spent the early part of the decade touring with jazz-funk drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society and originally formed Living Colour as a side project.
In 1985, seeking change, Reid, journalist Greg Tate, and producer Konda Mason cofounded the Black Rock Coalition, an organization with the stated mission of “Creating an atmosphere conducive to the maximum development, exposure, and acceptance of Black alternative music.”
In addition to Glover, the new Living Colour lineup was bolstered by fellow New Yorkers Calhoun, an award-winning Berklee College of Music grad, and Muzz Skillings, a bassist with rock and jazz experience.
In October 1989, before Living Colour’s four-night run with Guns N’ Roses and the Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Reid and Calhoun gave a live radio interview.
Keith Richards came to Living Colour’s dressing room and shook Reid’s hand.
These days, Reid looks back on Living Colour’s rise with a mix of pride and incredulity.

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