Indian Influences in Classic Rock

 Note from the author: I wanted to write this post for a while now. The sitar is my favourite instrument. I think it was an instrument that revolutionised classic rock and added something cool to the table, paving the way for other world music genres to influence classic rock. I believe that incorporation of world music influences in classic rock does a lot of good, broadening the minds of fans. It’s great to see musicians acknowledging their influences and giving credit where due. It’s not cultural appropriation. It’s art and it’s for all to enjoy.

 I grew up in a family that taught me about different cultures and encouraged curiosity. Not only did I learn about multiple cultures from being mixed race, I travelled a lot with my parents and my parents encouraged me to read from a young age. I encourage everyone to read about other cultures. I encourage you to travel and try new things. Maybe you can’t afford to travel or you’re unable to for other reasons, but the internet and the library are here for you – great places to learn about the world around you. Life is short, learn about this beautiful planet.

The 60s was a period where you saw Indian inspired fashions and heard Indian inspired music. The term for this embracing of Indian culture is Indomania.  It was more than just sitars in psychedelic rock and it wasn’t just superficial, let’s throw in a sitar in this rock song. In this post, you’ll see what I mean.

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Asians in Classic Rock and Oldies

Some people don’t know that Freddie Mercury was Asian. He was born to a Parsi family in Zanzibar, raised in India, and moved to England when he was 17. Many people think Freddie Mercury was the first Asian rock star, when actually it isn’t true. There were quite a few Asian rock stars who made it big before he did. We’ll be going back to the old timeline format for this one like the one I did for my post on African Rock Stars and the influence of Africa in classic rock and oldies.

Note: Asian includes people of any ancestry from any part of the continent of Asia. This includes South Asia, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. 

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