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Amiri Baraka: Past American Voice

Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction

Interviewed by: Robert Stewart, Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 20140117

In this compilation of archive interviews from 1988 and 1996 along with part of a previously unaired 2004 recording, we look back at the life of Amiri Baraka, who died on January 9, 2014. Formerly LeRoi Jones, this founder of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s was later forced out of the role as New Jersey Poet Laureate for a controversial poem written after 9/11 called "Somebody Blew Up America," but he will be remembered for his plays, poetry, and support of younger artists along the way. Baraka reads from his work that is often marked with a distinctive jazz flair and talks about the influences on his poetry. Visit our Shop for the Amiri Baraka CD Collection, which contains both full-length archive programs with this prolific poet.

| Subject Matter: Black History, Rap, Jazz | Interview Year: 2004, 1996, 1988 | Genre: Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction | Awards: Poet Laureate of New Jersey, Langston Hughes Award, Guggenheim Fellowship |

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