Living Colour - American Skin (41 Shots) (2001)

Is it a gun? Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet? This is your life
It aint no secret, no secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

Doug Wimbish On Why He Turned Down The Rolling Stones Gig Offer

Doug has always kept things real and here he explains why he turned down the Rolling Stones gig offer and his history with Mick Jagger, Vernon Reid and Living Colour.


Shoutout to the men of the band Living Colour…They are wonderful people and their performance for the Artists for Positive Social Change concert was flawless and fantastic. It was an honor to photograph them and meet them. You just don’t meet people with this much talent who still believe in something and have so much love in their hearts. The last photo is of me and one of my best friends who helped photograph everything. Thank you again Living Colour for everything you did for Artists for Positive Social change. 

New York’s funk-metal revolutionaries Living Colour have just completed a US tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of their seminal debut album, Vivid. Revisiting the album 25 years down the track, the band’s guitarist and chief creative force Vernon Reid has been struck by the enduring social commentary contained in some of the songs

“The songs have a new kind of truth to them and there’s a new reality to them,” he says. “Like Open Letter (To a Landlord), I’m reminded of the fact that the world that created the band, all of those clubs are gone. CBGBs, The Cat Club, The Palladium – none of those clubs are around. All these songs, you know Cult Of Personality, right now there’s so much reality TV it’s like Andy Warhol was a prophet; Andy Warhol said everyone’s going to be famous for 15 minutes.”

Rather than being too concerned about claiming sagacious ownership over the messages in his songs, Reid humbly discusses how beneficial it is to let songs exist separately from the circumstances of creation. “When I listen to Cult Of Personality I hear the sound of a band getting out of the way of a song. There’s so many ways to interrupt, to edit, to destroy an artistic thing, by being too controlling, by having not enough craft. Everything has to be in balance and then you have to get out of the way of the thing.”

Spotlight Report Interview: Living Colour

During our interview, we spoke with legendary band members Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbish about their big comeback, the Vivid album, the Soundwave tour (with Vegemite included), songwriting, their upcoming release, a potential anniversary tour for “Time’s Up”, their Wrestlemania performance, their relationship with CM Punk and much more!

Living Colour: A Legacy In Colour

Living Colour have been together for 30 years, and in that time nothing much has changed, Glover says. The Man still runs things, racism still exists, big business is still god, gentrification still occurs.

”We weren’t really railing as opposed to just making an observation of it. And I don’t think any of it’s changed, really. I think that the way it’s delivered might change slightly, but for the most part, pretty much is all the same. I’d like to think that things would change, but change is a very slow process.”

The band’s passion definitely hasn’t faded, Glover says. ”I don’t think we’ve mellowed; I think we still feel exactly the same way that we did 20 years ago. We’ll feel the same way 30 years from now. I think the only thing that’s changed is the responsibilities that we have over the years. We’ve become more responsible, we’ve become parents, so the worlds have solidified and maybe changed slightly, only in that we would hold hope for better days for our children and for ourselves.” [Read More]