In his review of TV on the Radio's new album Dear Science, Slate critic James Hannaham ponders why, when African Americans invented rock and roll, have we had so few black rock bands. He writes, "The simple, startling fact is that there hasn't been a great mostly black rock band since Sly and Funkadelic -- until TV on the Radio." Maureen Mahon might not agree with that assessment, but in her book Right to Rock: The Black Rock Coalition and the Cultural Politics of Race, she certainly argues for the importance of black rock. Vernon Reid, lead singer of the band Living Color, wrote of the book, "Anyone seeking to understand the ideas behind ‘Black Rock’—whether one hears that phrase as divisive or inclusive—would do well to pick up a copy of Right to Rock and read it." Last year Mahon did a podcast about her book with Bold as Love's Rob Fields. Check it out, then read Right to Rock while rocking out to some TV on the Radio.