Air Guitar Contest Leads to Racial Conflict (1990)

In 1990, air guitar induced a racial conflict at a high school near Los Angeles in 1990. Following an air guitar competition in a school gymnasium, black and white students began yelling racial slurs at each other. The fight stemmed from a disagreement about who should be declared the winner of the competition: a black group that lip-synched Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” or a white group that air guitared to the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up.” This conflict reveals how many of the racial tensions in rock spilled over into the air guitar arena.

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-30/local/me-360_1_racial-incident

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