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The Influence Of African-American Culture On A Non African-American: Four Examples

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, February 19, 2012 11:31pm | Post a Comment
Malcolm XI grew up on black culture. For most Mexican-Americans like myself growing up in the seventies and eighties, we didn’t feel a part of dominant society nor of our Mexican heritage. Schools were devoid of Latin American studies and English as a second language courses were frowned upon. As a kid I was lost; I didn’t know anything about my own culture but felt distant from American or European culture. For many of us, African-American culture was our alternative. I believed our struggles were the same. We were occupied people. We were once a part of progressive society and then we were conquered and made slaves. Although we received some basic human rights over the years we were always looked as second-class citizens here in the U.S. We were looked as something to fear and exclude. As years went on, some blacks and Latinos started to feel that they were part of mainstream society. Perhaps wanting to forget the past, some blacks and Latinos forgot the oppression they once shared. We separated, made our own history and often competed against each other to get out of the racial cellar.  

Even after becoming aware of my own cultural heritage, I never forgot the influence that African-American culture had on me. I find it strange to meet Mexican-Americans that have many European influences but no black cultural influences. I find it even stranger that many of them have the same fears of blacks as other members of dominant society. 

I cannot shake the influence of the many African-American musicians, activists, athletes and artists had on me, even after discovering the many great Chicano/Latin American icons that influence me today. For that reason, I would like to pay tribute to some African American icons that have influenced my life in some way or another.

Malcolm X

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Amoeba Music Interviews Composer Vince Mendoza At The Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 18, 2011 09:39pm | Post a Comment
Composer, conductor, and recording artist Vince Mendoza stopped by the Mini-Amoeba signing table at the Monterey Jazz Festival today and we were once again lucky to have our friend Bennett Jackson on hand to ask a few questions about his upcoming album and his presentation for the evening, Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead, featuring music from Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess, and Sketches of Spain.

Amoeba Music Sponsors The Monterey Jazz Festival!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 22, 2011 03:06pm | Post a Comment
Monterey Jazz Festival Fest lineup schedule 2011


This year marks the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival AND the very first to have Amoeba Music onsite with a Mini-Amoeba store and as a sponsor!

The Monterey Jazz Festival runs September 16 - 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds (2000 FairgroundMonterey Jazz Festival lineup schedule 2011 Road in Monterey, California), which has been the site of the Festival since its inception in 1958!

This year's GRAMMY® Award-winning lineup includes headliners Sonny Rollins, Herbie HancockHuey Lewis & The News, Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard, James Farm featuring Joshua Redman, India.Arie & Idan Raichel, John Pizzarelli Quartet, An Afternoon in Treme with Dumpstaphunk, Soul Rebels, Kermit Ruffins & Glen David Andrews, Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips, Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Still Ahead Orchestra directed by Vince Mendoza and featuring Terence Blanchard, Peter Erskine & Miles Evans celebrating music from Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess, and Sketches of Spain...and more.

Rare Betty Davis Interview

Posted by Miss Ess, September 16, 2010 03:31pm | Post a Comment
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The incredible, brazen Betty Davis, onetime wife of Miles Davis, made four amazing and funky as hell records spanning the 70s that were instant favorites here at Amoeba when they were reissued by the fine folks at Light in the Attic Records over the past few years. Upon their original release, her albums failed to gain recognition or sales, and Betty retreated into her own life in Pittsburgh.betty davis

Thanks to a heads up from the label, you can now check out this rare interview with the "They Say I'm Different" singer right here about her own career, her influence on Miles and her relationship with him. Though her ex husband was undeniably a huge talent in his own right, Betty is also truly one of a kind, and an underrated gem of an artist.

Listen here:

"He Was a Big Freak" from They Say I'm Different



"They Say I'm Different" from the album of the same name


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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew Legacy Edition Out Today

Posted by Amoebite, August 31, 2010 03:31pm | Post a Comment
Miles Davis' eternal Bitches Brew has consistently been one of the best selling albums at Amoeba over the years.

Today there is a new Legacy Edition version out featuring the remastered original album; a bonus disc of unreleased songs, takes and single versions of tracks; and a third disc containing a previously unreleased Copenhagen concert dated November 4, 1969!

miles davis bitches brew legacy

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