Interview with Suzanne Thomas
- Main contributors
Thomas, Suzanne; Burnim, Mellonee
Mellonee Burnim interviews Suzanne Thomas during the AAAMC conference, "Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music."
Indiana University, Radio and Television Services
Archives of African American Music and Culture
Bloomington; Indiana; United States
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- Physical Description
1 video file (mov, 24 min., 35 sec.) : sound ; color ; 6.49 GB + 1 transcript (7 pages)
A real deal blues guitarist and vocalist, Suzanne Thomas no stranger to the blues. Life for Thomas started out as an abandoned biracial child in South Korea, where she lived in an orphanage until an American family adopted her into the States at five. She began studying organ at the age of six and, as fate would have it, Thomas was given her first music lessons and introduction to the organ by the great Jimmy Smith. Thomas abandoned dental school at Ohio State to attend music school in Los Angeles. After time in all-female groups such as School Boy Crush, Software, and PMS, Thomas formed Crank, a 3-piece hard rock band that shared the stage with Ice T and Body Count, Fishbone, and Macy Gray. Thomas has also been hired out as a guitarist to several funk and R&B bands, notably doubling on guitar and bass in the Grammy-winning band A Taste of Honey. She took second place in the 7th annual Jimi Hendrix contest, and played in Japan, France, and New York at various music festivals and events including the Manhattan Music Center. Thomas currently performs with her band The Blues Church.
- Other Identifier
Other: DVF 1020
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