Kandia Crazy Horse is an American country musician, rock critic and writer. She has written for The Village Voice, is the editor of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll, and also writes for Creative Loafing, and The Guardian. Her country music debut, Stampede, was released in 2013. Crazy Horse is based in New York.
Kandia Crazy Horse
|Occupation(s)||Musician, journalist and writer|
When Crazy Horse began as a music journalist, she states that she was considered a "novelty" because "a black, young female wasn't the picture of a rock critic." Her work as a rock critic is feminist in tone and often focuses on Southern rock. She has also emphasized black contributions to rock music.
Crazy Horse edited Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll (2004). The collection of essays analyzed black figures in rock in order to bring to light the "black experience in rock 'n' roll." Rip It Up describes how black rock isn't considered part of the black music scene and therefore its "impact has been minimized."
She received an Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in American Studies from Princeton University during 2008 and 2009. While she was a fellow at Princeton, she taught the course "Roll Over Beethoven: Black Rock and Cultural Revolt."
Crazy Horse's debut album, Stampede, contains original songs by Crazy Horse and cover songs. The style of music on the record is traditional country music. Acoustic Guitar called her album "stunning" and a "powerful musical debut." Blurt called her voice "sweet and soulful" and praised her writing that revitalizes familiar country music sounds.
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- Himmelsbach, Erik (25 August 2007). "Picking a Soundtrack for Eternity". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- Crazy Horse, Kandia (8 January 2014). "Donny Hathaway: A Soul Man Who Departed Too Soon". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
- Holloway, Marvin (26 August 2013). "She's Country Strong and She Is Black!". Black News.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
- Boesveld, Sarah (26 June 2015). "Stars and Barred: For Southern Rockers and Country Singers, the Confederate Flag is an Uncomfortable Heritage". National Post. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
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- Nyong'o, Tavia. "Musical Miscegenation? Rock Music and the History of Sex". Hemispheric Institute. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- Mahon, Maureen (2004). Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race. Duke University Press. pp. 262. ISBN 9780822333173.
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- Ochieng' Nyongó, Tavia Amolo (2006). "Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock 'n' Roll, and: Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race, and: Afropunk: The "Rock 'n' Roll Nigger" Experience (review)" (PDF). TDR: The Drama Review. 50 (1): 183–187. Retrieved 13 January 2016 – via Project Muse.
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- "'Reclaiming Right to Rock' Conference at IU Examines Black Experiences in Rock Music". States News Service. 21 October 2009.
- Scherstuhl, Alan (15 December 2014). "2014's Top Country Albums Prove the Music's Flourishing, Radio Be Damned". The Village Voice. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
- Wright, Peter 'Souleo' (6 December 2013). "On the 'A' w/ Souleo: Spoken Word Film 'Slam' Celebrates 15th Anniversary". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
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- D'Amore, Nick (21 January 2014). "Kandia Crazy Horse - Stampede". Blurt. Retrieved 13 January 2016.