Thursday, August 16th, 2007

R.I.P. Max Roach

Max Roach, 1924-2007

Our prayers go out to the Roach family.

In the early 1980s, Max Roach did a series of shows downtown with Fab Five Freddy taking the mic, angering lots of jazz purists. In defense, he launched one of the most famous defenses of rap music and hip-hop in a famous interview with Fab. (If memory serves, this ran in SPIN Magazine.):

The thing that frightened people about hip-hop was that they heard rhythm–rhythm for rhythm’s sake. Hip-hop lives in a world of sound–not the world of music–and that’s why it’s so revolutionary. What we as Black people have always done is show that the world of sound is bigger than white people think. There are many areas that fall outside the narrow Western definition of music and hip-hop is one of them.

UPDATE 8/17 ::

+ Ben Ratliff’s discography

+ NYT Page, including music

posted by @ 10:52 am | 5 Comments

5 Responses to “R.I.P. Max Roach”

  1. Sugarbread says:

    Wow, that was cool that you found this old interview. One time I saw Max Roach perform with Tito Puente at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. In the middle of Roach’s drum solo, he basically collapsed and slid off of his little stool, feet high in the air. The audience emitted an audible gasp. I was sure that the show was over. But Roach was a real trooper and a survivor. The curtains drew while he gathered his composure and opened again to show him perched once again on his little stool. Then he went on to finish the set. It was definitely an unforgettable night.

  2. Adam Haupt says:

    Hi, I’m hoping to get in touch with the author Jeff Chang. He may have heard about me from Shaheen Ariefdien. I’d like to know if Jeff would like to write an endorsement of my new book that looks at p2p, intellectual property and SA hip-hop. See for my details — Thanks, Adam Haupt

  3. Andre L. Smith says:

    Another off-topic post:

    I think Allen Iverson and Shaquille O’Neal and the NBA deserved a mention in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. Excellent book, otherwise. I am citing to it in an article I am publishing in the
    Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.

    Andre L. Smith
    FIU College of Law

  4. Sean Jacobs says:

    Check out Max’s collaboration with Abdullah Ibrahim, “Stream of Consciousness”

  5. Zentronix says:

    wow sean, thanks for that. two of my all time favorites. hey adam and andre, just email me off-blog…

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