Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker

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Released 2005

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Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker is the internationally acclaimed documentary that examines the plight of black rock-n-roll musicians. The film explores all aspects of black rock-n-roll: its pioneers, the origins of the Black Rock Coalition, its contemporaries and even the stigma that black rockers face in the black community. Over the course of a year, director Raymond Gayle travels across the United States interviewing bands like Fishbone, God Forbid, Nefretiti Jones, Living Color and Cody Chestnutt among many others in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of their roles in a genre that is dominated by whites. Distinguished journalists such as Flip Barnes, Darrell McNeil, Charlie Braxton and Greg Tate share their insights on the issues facing black rock musicians today and what can be done to bring this niche back into the mainstream. The film also includes archive footage of such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Barry and Little Richard.

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