From One Voodoo Child to Another: A Survey

Jimi Hendrix as a Baby

Did you know that Jimi Hendrix’s iconic song “Voodoo Child” was recently declared the greatest guitar riff of all time? Here in The Bottom, we are partial to Hendrix’s acoustic blues, but no one can dispute his rock god status.  Johnny B. Goode and Living Colour also made the list, and Eddie Van Halen from Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” – but no Prince, no TTD? That ain’t right.

With guitar riffs on my mind, I just completed the “Black Rock Audience Survey” from Rob Fields, black rock evangelist (and friend of TBoH). But he’s still in need of a few responses and sends along this message:

“If you like artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Living Colour, Bad Brains, Fishbone, TV On The Radio, Gnarls Barkley, or Santigold, to name a few, then please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. Free music awaits all who complete it. “

Even if you’re curious about black rock music, take the survey and get the free music to see what you’ve been missing! And please share, retweet, forward the survey link to friends. It would be a big help. (Photo credit for the adorable picture of baby Jimi from

8 responses to this post.

  1. Took the survey.


  2. Posted by Rich Watson on December 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    So what bands do you listen to?


    • Well in terms of rock music, you’ve got me feeling a little anxious and insecure here, because I don’t know a lot of new artists by name! Currently in my iPod that might qualify: Foo Fighters, Deftones, Radiohead, Disturbed, John Mayer. I’ve been listening A LOT to The Smyrk’s “New Fiction” – a black rock group I first heard (you guessed it) on the free album from Rob Field’s blog. They’re really good. What about you?


  3. Posted by Wilhelmina Jenkins on December 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Being officially ancient, I remember the first time I heard someone play Jimi HendrIx on a good stereo system. (Yes, this actually was in the ’60s! Hard to believe!) It completely knocked me off my feet. I always like those interviews with folks like Eric Clapton who say the first time they heard Jimi play, they went home and seriously considered giving up the guitar. There was no one quite like him.


    • LOL, Mina! I don’t have a really good sense of how Hendrix was received by black audiences when he came out. Where there other “folks” around when you heard him on that stereo system?


      • Posted by Wilhelmina Jenkins on December 4, 2009 at 8:15 PM

        Oh, absolutely! My group of friends loved him, but we liked all kinds of music. I attended DC Public Schools K through 12, my high school was at least 95% black (possibly 99% – I remember one white guy), but we listened to everything – Motown, the British groups, Bob Dylan, you name it. Any good music was fine with us.


  4. Claudia, thanks so much for the shout out. And thanks, too, to all of your readers who have responded.



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