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Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 30 June 2005 (USA)
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A documentary on the struggles of the black rock musician and the stigma they face in the black community and the music industry.


Raymond Gayle


Raymond Gayle





Credited cast:
Flip Barnes Flip Barnes ... Self
Chuck Berry ... (archive footage)
Charlie Braxton Charlie Braxton ... Self
Cody ChesnuTT Cody ChesnuTT ... Self
Eddie Cotton Jr. Eddie Cotton Jr. ... Self
Fishbone ... Themselves
God Forbid God Forbid ... Themselves
Jimi Hazel Jimi Hazel ... Self
Jimi Hendrix ... Self (archive footage)
Sara Hill Sara Hill ... Self
Nefertiti Jones ... Self
Little Richard ... (archive footage)
Quest Love ... Self (as Ahmir-Khalib Thompson)
Jonah Matranga Jonah Matranga ... Self
Darrel McNeil Darrel McNeil ... Self


Electric Purgatory is a documentary that examines the struggles of black rock musicians and the industry's ambivalence towards them. Director Raymond Gayle spent the better part of a year traveling around the United States interviewing many of Black Rock's elite including Fishbone, Vernon Reid, Adam Falcon, Jimi Hazel and Cody Chesnutt. Distinguished journalists such as Flip Barnes, Darrell McNeil, Charlie Braxton, and Greg Tate, share their opinions and insight on the dilemma facing these artists. The film will explore the origins of the Black Rock Coalition and its relevance in the music industry. The project will also take a look at the stigma Black Rock musicians face in the Black community and more importantly how to bring the Black audiences back into the fold. Written by Raymond Gayle

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Harder...faster... blacker!


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Excellent Documentary
4 July 2009 | by andyrose_txSee all my reviews

Electric Purgatory kicked ass man.. great documentary. I even learned of a few bands I knew little about like 24-7 Spyz and Burnt Sugar.

There really was very little that I could argue with .. from the labels not knowing how to market black rockers to the black musician's influence on rock to the label of "sell out" given to black musicians that aren't doing R&B or hip hop by blacks as a general rule.

The history of the black musician and the influence the black musician has on rock and roll is thoroughly explored. Most folks know that the true roots of rock and roll are found in the Mississippi Delta from bluesmen like Robert Johnson. But, there were so many other black influences on rock music.

Very cool documentary and definitely one that I'd recommend all fans of rock check out.

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30 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Austin, Texas, USA See more »


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$20,000 (estimated)
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Payback Productions See more »
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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)


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