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“What’s Your Favorite Color?”
Living Colour
Vivid (1988)
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Bernard Fowler (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Little Axe (discography)

Living Colour (discography)

“What A Wonderful World”
Bernard Fowler  
Covers In Black
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— The Beatles The White Album 

1967 The Beatles were living in a Yellow Submarine, floating in the sky with Lucy and her diamonds. They were working on what would become The White Album, a message of hope and light, as the world slipped into the darkness of 1968 … A year of War, Assassination, and seeing The Dark Side Of The Moon.


“Shit, the Beatles were so high, they let Ringo sing a couple of tunes.”

Bill Hicks (Rock Against Drugs)

“Back In Black”
Living Colour

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“A Whiter Shade Of Pale”
“In The White Room” (Song)
The Red Violin (Instrument Through Time)
(Instrument Of Change)
Gold Top Gibson Les Paul (Guitar)
Earl Klugh, Vernon Reid, Captain Kirk
Deep Purple (Band)
Black Sabbath (Band)
Pink Floyd (Band)
King Crimson (Band)
Agent Orange (Band)
Green Day (Band)
Blue Cheer (Band)
Black Flag (Band)
Tangerine Dream (Band)
“Deep Purple” (Song)
“Artificial Red” (Song)
Blue Sky” (Song) — The Allman Brothers
Yellow Submarine” (Song)
“Mellow Yellow” (Song)
Green Tamborine” (Song)
“Tangerine” (Song)
Back In Black” (Song)

“Tomorrow Never Knows”
Living Colour
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“Back In The U.S.S.R.

Paint It Black
The Rolling Stones

1967St Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

A Summer of Love I want to hold your psychedelic hand. LSD and Eastern religion added significantly to the Beatles’ artistic thought.


Not Yet Banned In D.C.
2016 Living Colour at the “Freedom Sounds” concert played after president Obama spoke, opening the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American Art & Culture.

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September 24, 2016 — The speech Barack Obama delivered to open the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, was one of the last monumental messages he delivered while president of The United States. Following Obama’s dedication, the celebration continued with Freedom Sounds, the music program that featured an eclectic group of mostly black musicians, of all musical genres and cultures, and spread out on a number of stages set all along the (Washington D.C.) Mall.

Living Colour, Public Enemy, and The Roots closed the show, playing in the shadow of the Washington Monument, next to the new museum, in which all three bands were subjects of exhibitions inside.


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 “Living Colour defies musical stereotypes by evincing influences that include Lynyrd SkynyrdJimi HendrixRoxy Music and Sly Stone to yield a fierce, funny album.” 
Ken Tucker The Philadelphia Inquirer

 “Vivid lives up, simultaneously, to the pinhead directness of Zeppelin and the total Texas-New Yorker strangeness of Ornette Coleman‘s Prime Time.”
Mark Sinker  NME

“In its own way, Vivid is an open letter to rock & roll itself, a demand for equal time and respect from a music that is Living Colour’s birthright.
“Vivid will not change the world single-handedly, but it’s a timely reminder of why it’s always worth trying.”
David Fricke Rolling Stone

Vivid  is one of the finest hard rock albums of the ’80s – and for that matter, all time.”
— Greg Prato for AllMusic.

“The notion of four black musicians playing heavy metal made Vivid newsworthy, and while the black-rock trend was never totally realized, Living Colour made its mark with its music, not its race. Vivid’s fusion of Hardcore, Funk, and Avant-Jazz is a landmark recording regardless of the band being black.”
Michael Azerrad  Blender

Living Colour backs its musical vision with insight, offering pointed, perceptive social commentary through songs such as ‘Funny Vibe‘ and ‘Open Letter (To a Landlord).'”
J. D. Considine Rolling Stone Album Guide.


1965The Beatles  Rubber Soul
1966 — Yardbirds, 
1967The Rolling Stones “She’s A Rainbow”
Their Satanic Majesties Request 
1968 — Apollo 8, Earthrise, Dark Side Of The Moon
1969 — Vietnam, Woodstock, Apollo 11, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,
1970 — Bitches Brew, Allman Brothers, Deep Purple In Rock 
1971 — Vanishing Point, “Mississippi Queen”
1972 — Machine Head, Steely Dan
1973Spectrum Billy Cobham
1974 — “Cosmik Debris” Frank Zappa
1975Blow By Blow Jeff Beck 
1976Cosmic Messenger Jean-Luc Ponty Zoot Allures Frank Zappa
1978  — Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees (Miami/Tom Dowd), Disco, Punk, and Funk in the middle,  “Flashlight” and The Landing of the P-Funk Mothership. Rick James (Dave Chappelle‘s “Bitch”) v. Ron Carter (The Distinguished Gentleman)
1979Hip-Hop Happens
China Syndrome,
The Police @ Tomorrowland (Disney),
Tom Petty @ UF Homecoming. “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks””The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” …
Downtown NYC
Where the “Jazz” is “Free.”
1980  Back In Black (AC/DC)
Dec. 8, 1980 — The Day the Music Died Again
The Assassination of John Lennon
1982  Bad Brains Live @ CBGB
1983 Herbie Hancock Future Shock
1984 Blanc Like Me (Keith, Keith, Keith) Leblanc, “No Sell Out” with Betty Shabazz’ blessing, vs. Sugar Hill.
1985   A Band Grows In Brooklyn.

Stepping out of the shadows of Downtown New York City, Vernon Reid and his band, Living Colour,  rode a Rock N Roll rocket into the outer limits of musical space.

MTV, Saturday Night Live, Rolling Stones, Steel Wheels, Lollapalooza …

The band burned bright, and travelled into every corner of the musical World … Electronic, Ambient, Punk, Funk, Hard Rock, Metal, Fusion, and Funk … No Sound was out of the Living Colour realm. JAZZIZ?
1986  — Major Malfunction

Keith LeBlanc

— Malcolm Denmark

1987  Vivid
“Day Tripper”/”She’s A Rainbow”
Bad Brains

Spirit Electricity (Live)
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Live At CBGB 1982
Day Tripper
1988  — Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Brothers of Sodom
1989 Rolling Stones (Steel Wheels), Bill Hicks, Tack>>Head

2000  — New Millennium Reunion, together again.
2001  — In the “Post-Apocalyptic” Area. After 9-11, a recently reunited Living Colour, with renewed verve, and a sharpened edge, Vernon and the band set out to express their point of view. The Honest Truth … Politically, Socially, Musically, and Unapologetically. And then came Fox News and Donald Trump, leading his own White Nationalist “Cult of Personality.” 


1985 I Want My MTV
Farm Aid
We Are The World
Artists United Against Apartheid
MICK JAGGER (She’s The Boss)

1985 — We Are The World
We Are The World Video
We Are The World (Behind The Scenes)
DAVID BOWIE (Moonage And Daydreams)
Keith Leblanc
Artists United Against Apartheid
“Sun City” Artists United Against Apartheid Video
We Are The World
1985 — Sun City
1985 — Live Aid
1985 — Farm Aid
1985 —

Miami Vice
Jeff Beck
Mean Season (1985)
Mick Jagger uns N’ Roses
Appetite For Destruction
Joe Satriani
Surfing With The Alien
Living Colour
Time’s Up
Vernon Reid
Corey Glover
Will Calhoun
Muzz Skillings

David Bowie “Sound + Vision” Tour
Adrien Belew

The Black Album
vs. Jethro Tull
Alex Skolnick
Performances include but are not limited to alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music.
Lollapalooza has also provided a platform for nonprofit and political groups and various visual artists
Nothing’s Shocking
Living Colour
“Kick Out The Jams” (MC5)
Bad Brains / Henry Rollins


Christian Slater (Arizona high school) pirate radio dj/commentator. (cassette tapes)
f/ “alternative” musicians as
Jeff Beck “Pump”
• After Hours (1985)
• Back To The Beach (1987)
• The Stoned Age (1994)
Bus Boys “There Goes The Neighborhood”Eddie Murphy “48 Hours”

Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Faith No More
King’s X — Woodstock ’94 / John Stewart
David Sanborn
Night Music
Miles Davis
Marcus Miller
Jane’s Addiction

Jane’s Addiction live  (1987)
Nothing’s Shocking (1988) 
Ritual de lo habitual (1990)
1992 Joe Satriani The Extremist w/Doug Wimbish
“Rubina’s Blue Sky Happiness” (Joe’s wife)

— dave.



Corey Glover
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— yZ.

“Time’s Up”
Living Colour
Time’s Up (1990)
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Living Colour
Stain (1993)
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“Purple Haze”
Nguyên Lê  w/ Terri Lyne Carrington  
Celebrating Jimi Hendrix

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“On the night I was born, Lord I swear the Moon turned a Fire Red. Jimi Hendrix (“Voodoo Chile”)

“Voodoo Chile”
Jimi Hendrix 
Electric Ladyland

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— Miami Beach Renaissance



Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles
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Before The Music Dies

Billy Preston  — Known as the Fifth Beatle, Billy Preston was the only musician to play and record with both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.



I Am The Walrus
Corey Glover
w/ Galactic (200.)
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Did I leave a cigarette lit?
Bill Hicks  
Arizona Bay (1993)
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A Band Grows In Brooklyn
1985 —  A Band Grows In Brooklyn. Out of Downtown New York City’s darkest shadows, Vernon Reid and his band Living Colour attracted the attention of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, who punched Living Colour’s E-Ticket to ride. 

Living Colour
Vernon Reid
Corey Glover
Will Calhoun
Muzz Skillings

1988 Vivid

1989 Steel Wheels (Urban Jungle Tour / Rolling Stones)

Saturday Night Live (April 1, 1989) Mel Gibson Host
Arsenio Hall appearance

1990 Time’s Up

1991 Lollapalooza
Jane’s Addiction
Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Ice-T (Body Count)
Red Hot Chili Peppers

1992 Doug Wimbish joins the band.
Sugar Hill (Original)
Mick Jagger
Joe Satriani
Jeff Beck
Carly Simon
Annie Lennox
Madonna …
One week in 1992, Doug received call from Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Seal, all asking Doug to play bass in their bands. Doug said “no” to all, choosing to stay with Living Colour, the band he had recently joined, and begun work on its third record, Stain.
Doug’s darker, all-frequency, exploration takes the band in a harder rock direction.
Looking back, Doug’s influence could be toward the Grunge that was emanating from Seattle,  as Jimi Hendrix did 25 years before.

1993 Stain

1994 The day after Kurt Cobain turned down ten million dollars to play that year’s Lollapalooza, he was found in his Seattle home, dead from a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head.

1995 Pride

Despite its virtuosity and critical acclaim, Stain failed to reach the attractive quality of  Vivid and Time’s Up, and Vernon decided to dissolve Living Colour, and work on his first solo record, Mistaken Identity. (1996)

2003 — CollideOscope CollideOscope, first Living Colour studio album since the band’s dissolution after Stain (1993)


2000 — After a seven-year hiatus, Living Colour reunited, and prepared to enter the New Millennium, together again.

2001 — In the “Post-Apocalyptic” Area. Living Colour never had more to say after 9-11. With renewed verve and a sharpened edge, Vernon and the band set out to express its opinion, musically, socially, and politically. And then came Fox News and Donald Trump, the anti-American “Cult of Personality.”

2003Living Colour. releases Collideøscope, its fourth studio album, the first after 9-11, and the first in eight years. The band started work on the record just before 9-11, and much of Collideøscope is about the September 11 attacks, noteably, “Flying.” The album contains cover versions of AC/DC‘s “Back in Black” and The Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” There’s also a version of “Sacred Ground,” a tune recorded during the Stain sessions, but didn’t appear until the release of the after-dissolution compilation, Pride, in 1995.

1999 — It’s Prince’s Party (and he’ll jam if he wants to.)

00s  —
2000 — Y2K

Ani DiFranco
So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter
2002 — Bearing Tragic Witness
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French TV

Holy Shit! Holy Shit!
The only words spoken by a French television crew when watching (and capturing) the World historic “moment.”

September 11, 2001 A French television crew, covering a broken water line in Lower Manhattan, was attracted to the loud hum of a screaming commercial jetliner as it passed overhead and seconds later crashed into the North Tower of The World Trade Center, and exploded into a ball of fire.


“Purple Haze”

Nguyên Lê with Terri Lyne Carrington
Purple: Celebrating Jimi Hendrix
2002 — Bearing Tragic Witness
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2003 — CollideOscope
2004Tack>>Head (Together Again)
2006 — Little Axe (Real World Sessions)
2007 — Bad Dog
2008 — CinemaSonics


Seattle, Washington

Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
Alice In Chains
Foo Fighters
Green River
Mad Season “Artificial Red”
Mother Love Bone
Pearl Jam
Screaming Trees
Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
Temple Of The Dog
Singles (The Movie) 1992


Jimi’s Hometown

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— dave.


Moved by the alarming frequency of gun violence in America, and it so often being against young, unarmed black men by an overly militarized police force, Living Colour released Who Shot Ya?,” a Biggie Smalls cover, recorded for its (yet-to-be-released) Shade.

And Now? Post-Obama? After-Trump? … Living Colour’s first shot across the right-wing bow was the release of Shade. in 2017.his time the band’s own “Freedom of Expression” is a vociferous fight to defend another (1st) Amendment to the United States Constitution that finds itself under a relentless, “Make America Great Again,” sanctimonious attack.

IN THE BEST OF WAYS, Living Colour is the same kick-ass, rock n roll band from New York City, it was when, with a little help from friend and fan Mick Jagger, it exploded onto the world stage in 1989. The same aggressive band that’s never been shy about howling at the establishment moon.



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Who didn’t make the cut?

After 50 years, Paul McCartney reveals the truth.


Paul McCartney has revealed who was cut from the iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles‘ eighth full-length album and acts as one of the best-selling albums of all time.

The album cover featured a wide range of famous faces, including Fred Astaire, Edgar Allan Poe, Bob Dylan, Oscar Wilde, Shirley Temple and Marlon Brando.

While most of these celebrities were happy to appear on the cover for free, McCartney says that there was one actor who wanted a fee.

“We all had a list of favourites. George put in an Indian guru, that’s Yogananda. And Babaji is in there. So we just each put people in that we admired through history, so that was the idea,” he said in a new interview on PaulMcCartney.com.

“There were certain ones we all liked, like Oscar Wilde. Max Miller was a British comedian. And then there’s Stuart [Sutcliffe], who had been our old bass player, who died. Aubrey Beardsley, the artist,” he added.

He then reveals that one of the Bowery Boys “who wouldn’t do it.”

“One of them wanted money for it,” he continued.

“We just wrote to everyone and said, ‘Do you mind?’ Well, at first we didn’t. But the head of EMI, Sir Joseph Lockwood came to my house and complained! He said, ‘This is going to be a nightmare. There are going to be legal battles!’ I said, ‘No, no, no. People are gonna love it! They’re all on the Beatles cover, you know! It’ll be a laugh, they’ll understand.’ He said, ‘No, you’ve got to write to them all.’”

“So we did. We got a letter out: ‘We are planning to do this using your image. Do you mind? Is it okay? Please give us the okay.’ And all of them did, except for one of the Bowery Boys who wanted to cut a deal,” he explained. “And we thought, ‘You know what, we’ve got enough people on here!’”


Where can we find light / In this never-ending shade?

Amanda Gorman
National Youth Poet Laureate reading at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural.


— Amanda Gorman



A Florida Journalist, Photographer, and Art Director with an eclectic client list of individuals and organizations with musical, visual, educational, and editorial interests.

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