The Last Poets on a Mission: Selected Poetry and a History of the Last Poets

The Last Poets on a Mission: Selected Poetry and a History of the Last Poets

by Abiodun Oyewole, Kim Green, Umar Bin Hassan
     
 

The Last Poets were born on May 19, 1968, at a birthday celebration for Malcolm X, and became the revolutionary force for many African Americans, expressing the plight of black people in their music. In nearly 50 poems, their lyrics advocate revolution through economic empowerment, self-love, personal growth and spiritual kinship. Through it all, The Last Poets have… See more details below

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The Last Poets were born on May 19, 1968, at a birthday celebration for Malcolm X, and became the revolutionary force for many African Americans, expressing the plight of black people in their music. In nearly 50 poems, their lyrics advocate revolution through economic empowerment, self-love, personal growth and spiritual kinship. Through it all, The Last Poets have successfully managed to create light with words, power with music and substance with soul. Photos.

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Library Journal
Formed in 1968 at a celebration for Malcolm X, the Last Poets-three poets and a drummer-are often seen as the precursors of present-day rap music. Many performers, including Public Enemy, have acknowledged this debt. This collection gathers 30 poems-written from the Sixties through the Nineties-by two founders of the group. Each poem is prefaced by an informative and often entertaining comment by the poet, and lengthy personal statements are also given. Although the language and subject matter may be disturbing to some readers, and not all the poems hold up on the page as well as when performed, several pieces clearly display the power of these poets. These include Umar's "Bum Rush" (a plea to youths not "to die/ in the/ Streets") and Oyewole's "Pelourinho" (a tribute to the resilient spirit of black people). An excellent introduction to this pioneering group. (Foreword by Amiri Baraka not seen.)-Louis J. Parascandola, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn Campus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805047783
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.65(d)

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