Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar
you learn something new about racism – frequently
Despite the lyrics, this song was played on American radio in 1971 and went to number one on the pop charts. It went to #2 in their native Britain. It is now a rock classic. Both Marsha Hunt and Claudia Lennear claim Mick Jagger wrote the song with them in mind. He says he would never write anything that “raw” now and tones down the lyrics when performing it live.
I am not in the habit of doing full-blown posts on songs, but I thought this was a good time to throw this song out there for comment, in the wake of Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win. She won for the film “12 Years a Slave” (2013), a true story where she plays Patsey, a slave woman who was raped – not far from the time and place of this song:
Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields,
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