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Kandia Crazy Horse

Kandia Crazy Horse
Kandia Crazy Horse is a Manhattan-based rock critic, and the editor of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock & Roll (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She was formerly an associate editor at Creative Loafing, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including the Village Voice and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She is the 2008-2009 recipient of the Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in American Studies at Princeton University.

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Allman Brothers Band: Song O' The South: How the Allman Brothers made a Redneck Negress out of me

Special Feature by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, June 2002

AN UNORTHODOX daughter of Dixie, born in the year of their classic Fillmore East live album, my life truly began when I heard the exotic, ...

Dickey Betts & Great Southern: BB King's Blues Club, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, June 2002

THE ALLMAN Brothers Band has been the central musical group of my life, their œuvre most vital to my worldview. ...

The Black Crowes: Black Magic From The Amen Corner: The Black Crowes’ voodoo resurrection

Overview by Kandia Crazy Horse, Creative Loafing, January 1999

Jesus of Nazareth Chris Robinson ain't. Some detractors drew a purely visual comparison along these lines in recent years, when the Black Crowes' singer/songwriter wore ...

The Black Crowes, Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic: Freebirds All: Southern Rock's Undying Appeal

Overview by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, December 1998

SOUTHERN ROCK'S masterworks show this century a viable southern heroism: the quest to overcome the dread of Jim Crow and the pall of ruined empire. ...

Calexico: Bowery Ballroom, New York City

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

IN MY OLD AGE, I am trying to get hip. So I have temporarily relinquished my inner redneck. Left that twang-and-trash loving gal on the ...

Cody Chesnutt, Etta James, Joi, Raphael Saadiq, Res: Etta James/Joi/Res/Raphael Saadiq/Cody Chesnutt: BB King's Blues Club & Grill, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2002

Flight to Amazonia (Slight Return) ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, May 2002

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This tour journal is the last testament of the lost expedition of Mayfair. Last reported near the Grand Canyon, the members of the ...

Donnie: Bowery Ballroom, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2003

The Love Manifesto ...

Drive-By Truckers: Decoration Day (New West)

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, June 2003

COME HEAR ME real well, boogie chillun, for I'ze 'bout to spin this chronicle of a death foretold. The death of truth, justice, and the ...

Drive-By Truckers: They Caught Me Smilin' Agin: Drive By Truckers at Brownie's, NYC

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, December 2001

FORGED IN THE fabled hamlet of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Drive-By Truckers are magnificent in concert. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind And Fire: Beacon Theater, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, 2003

MY TRAGEDY AS a music fanatic has always been one of being a spirit out of time. I have spent a goodly portion of my ...

Hanson: Underneath

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, June 2004

HAVING PASSED out during Hanson's historical 1999 Bob Weir summit at the late Wetlands, this critic can attest to the inexorable power of the towhead ...

Donny Hathaway: Half-life in the Bush of Ghosts: Come back, Donny

Retrospective by Kandia Crazy Horse, Creative Loafing, April 1999

MY RECENT THEORY is that if the late soulman/scribe Donny Hathaway had been white he would be as (cult) famous as Cosmic American Gram Parsons; ...

Richie Havens: Bottom Line, NYC

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, August 2002

MOST OF MY generation ("X") peers - especially indie rock & dance music critics - and a wide swathe of bitter boomers relentlessly disparage veteran ...

Joi, Kelis, Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Joi/Ndégeocello/Kelis: Walk on Gilded Splinters

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, May 2002

Joi: Star Kitty's Revenge; Me'Shell Ndégeocello: Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape; Kelis: Wanderland ...

Bubba Sparxx, Kentucky Headhunters: Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance (Interscope); Kentucky Headhunters: Soul (Audium/Koch)

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, September 2003

SO THE GRAPEVINE has Hollyweird pondering a film based on late-1970s TV Dixiana The Dukes of Hazzard. The Grandfather Clause prevents me from voting for ...

Bettye LaVette: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Harp, September 2007

WAKING UP every morning now with the Blues, so catching the divine Lady Bettye LaVette's recent Manhattan show at the Highline was a foregone conclusion. ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Love with Arthur Lee: House of Blues, Los Angeles

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, August 2003

SOMETHING STARDUST and sunshine had characterized those days of flowers and civil unrest in the western canyons of America's other neverland of dreams, Los Angeles. ...

Jesse Malin: Troubadour, Los Angeles, March 6th

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, March 2003

GOTHAM HAS BEEN re-christened New Rock City due to its current vogue of garage rock acts and assorted weirdo ensembles straight outta Brooklyn, to incongruously ...

Marah: Mercury Lounge, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, July 2002

Independence Day ...

Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Irving Plaza, New York

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, June 2002

Two Tribes (Go to War) ...

Outkast: It's a Double Standard, Kemosabe

Comment by Kandia Crazy Horse, africana.com, February 2004

Whatever led André to think that even an inkling of "redface" would be any more acceptable than blackface minstrelsy has been to Americans of African ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, PopMatters, March 2003

THERE IS A BEE GEES song that goes, "I started a joke which started the whole world crying." This lyric highlights one of two overriding ...

Van Hunt: Van Hunt

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Village Voice, The, April 2004

PREENING, CONFESSING, aloof Atlanta R&B phenom falls short ...

Rufus Wainwright: Acting Casanova: Rufus Wainwright at the Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

LIKE MEMPHIS crooner Al Green before him, Rufus Wainwright is L.O.V.E. To see him in concert, as we did last week in Manhattan, is to ...

Rufus Wainwright: Chelsea Mourning: Wanting Rufus Wainwright

Comment by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, September 2003

YOU’RE WALKING, you’re virtually running, exhilarated, exultant, across West 23rd Street, away from Chelsea where you’ve tripped the Apocalypse of Rufus Wainwright and at once ...

Rufus Wainwright: Central Park Summerstage, New York, NY

Live Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, Harp, July 2007

FOR SOME of us, storming and misinformation almost derailed Rufus Wainwright's first Gotham appearance since his spring residency at the Gramercy Theatre. Yet it's a ...

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Another Badass Blue-Gum White Man: Essays Honoring STANLEY BOOTH On The Occasion Of His 60th Birthday

Essay by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, January 2002

"What matters most is how well you walk through the fire." - Charles Bukowski ...

Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (Slight Return), Part One

Essay by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, November 2003

Welcome to Rock City, where voodoo economics and soul providers shadowbox at the Crossroads. Kandia Crazy Horse on The Band, Big Star and white boys ...

Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse Pt 2

Essay by Kandia Crazy Horse, Rock's Backpages, November 2003

KANDIA CRAZY HORSE continues her scintillating sermon on the curious relationship between White Boys and Black Soul. This week: from Traffic thru’ Eddie Hinton on ...

The Last of the Voodoos: A Rock & Roll Retrospective

Essay by Kandia Crazy Horse, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, January 2002

This essay was originally published in NYU Africanist Manthia Diawara’s Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire [Vol.3, No.2, Spring 2001]. Since the very weird period when I wrote ...

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