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This collection of interviews with Amiri Baraka, the former LeRoi Jones and a key figure in the worldwide black liberation movement, provides an extraordinary insight not only into African-American literature but also into the turmoil and passions of the "black experience" during the second half of the twentieth century. From the perspective of a century drawing to a close, readers of these interviews can appreciate how rich and varied Baraka's career has been: ghetto life in the 1940s; Howard University and the ...
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This collection of interviews with Amiri Baraka, the former LeRoi Jones and a key figure in the worldwide black liberation movement, provides an extraordinary insight not only into African-American literature but also into the turmoil and passions of the "black experience" during the second half of the twentieth century. From the perspective of a century drawing to a close, readers of these interviews can appreciate how rich and varied Baraka's career has been: ghetto life in the 1940s; Howard University and the Air Force in the early 1950s; the Greenwich Village "beatnik" period of the late 1950s; the riots and radicalism of the sixties; Black Nationalism in the 1970s; Marxist-Leninism in the 1980s; and an endless stream of impassioned, groundbreaking writing throughout each of these eras. As they offer an understanding of the political turbulence of his times, these interviews provide special insights into Baraka's works, his anger, and his career. Not only does Baraka criticize and explain his most celebrated works, but also his comments supply a rich context for understanding the African-American experience. Throughout these candid conversations Baraka maintains his belief in the firm alliance of art and social criticism. "To me, social commentary and art cannot be divorced. Art and life are the same: art comes out of life, art is a reflection of life, art is life." Here is a collection that contains nearly all of the major interviews this poet, playwright, fiction writer, essayist, and social activist has given in his long and controversial career. Four of them have not been previously published. Included here are interviews conducted by Maya Angelou, Austen Clarke, and David Frost, as well as a new interview Baraka granted the editor of this volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878056866
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
LeRoi Jones: An Interview on Yugen 3
If It's Anger. . . Maybe That's Good: An Interview with LeRoi Jones 8
An Interview with LeRoi Jones 12
An Interview with LeRoi Jones 20
They Think You're an Airplane and You're Really a Bird 26
An Interview with LeRoi Jones 36
Islam and Black Art: An Interview with LeRoi Jones 51
David Frost Interviews LeRoi Jones 62
A Conversation between Imamu Amiri Baraka and Theodore R. Hudson 71
LeRoi Jones: An Exclusive Interview 77
What Is Black Theater? 84
Talk with LeRoi Jones 89
Publishers Weekly Interviews LeRoi Jones [Baraka] 94
The Former LeRoi Jones: An Interview with Amiri Baraka 97
Amiri Baraka: An Interview 105
An Interview with Amiri Baraka 118
The Theatre and the Coming Revolution 130
An Interview with Amiri Baraka 146
Restaging Langston Hughes' Scottsboro Limited 157
An Interview with Amiri Baraka 168
Revolution: The Constancy of Change 181
Amiri Baraka, Sterling Plumpp, and Curtis Lyle: An Interview 221
Amiri Baraka on Directing 230
An Interview with Amiri Baraka 239
Maya Angelou Interviews Amiri Baraka 260
Index 267
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