Highlight denotes Black author or source | Highly recommended ︎


Rock ‘n’ roll, indie rock, & metal.
Origins: 1950s.


  • Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock’n’Roll by Nick Tosches, 1977. ︎

  • Unsung Heroes Of Rock 'n' Roll: The Birth Of Rock In The Wild Years Before Elvis by Nick Tosches, 1984.

  • The Life and Times of Little Richard: The Authorised Biography by Charles White, Little Richard, 1985.

  • Chuck Berry: The Autobiography by Chuck Berry, 1989. 

  • Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness by Ronnie Spector, 1989.

  • Sly and the Family Stone: An Oral History by Joel Selvin.

  • Race, Rock, and Elvis by Michael T. Bertrand, 2000.

  • Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience by Greg Tate, 2003.

  • Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race by Maureen Mahon, 2004. ︎

  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix by Charles R. Cross, 2004.

  • Rip it Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll by Kandia Crazy Horse & Greg Tate, 2004. ︎

  • Slash by Slash, Anthony Bozza, 2007. ︎

  • Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by Gayle Wald, 2007. ︎

  • I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone by Jeff Kaliss, 2008.

  • What are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal by Laina Dawes, 2012. ︎

  • Cowboy Song: The Authorised Biography of Philip Lynott by Graeme Thomson, 2016.

  • Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination by Jack Hamilton, 2017.  ︎

  • Tina Turner: My Love Story by Tina Turner, 2018.

  • Black Diamond Queens: African American Women and Rock and Roll by Maureen Mahon, 2020.


  • Jimi Hendrix, dir. John Head, Joe Boyd, and Gary Weis, 1973. 1h 42m.

  • What's Love Got to Do With It, dir. Brian Gibson, 1993. 1h 58m.

  • Cadillac Records, dir. Darnell Martin, 2008. 1h 49m.

  • Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child, dir. Bob Smeaton, 2010. 1h 31m.

  • The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dir. Mick Csaky, 2011. 1 hour.

  • Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight, dir. Murray Lerner, 2013. 1hr 57m.



  • DJ Soul Sister a.k.a. Melissa A. Weber’s Twitter thread on the uncredited women of Parliament Funkadelic, August 2020.