Friday, January 10, 2014

AMIRI BARAKA

The man in full flight
 

One of my biggest early influences. A fuckin' giant

2 comments:

Mr Bigpants Cock (of the) Walk said...

excellent choices!! i was just reading from The Reader last night.

Kate and I saw him read at the steppenwolf back in the 90s and we still talk about it..

It would be cool if we could find that portion of him debating with allen ginsberg about "matter in motion" in the 'Fried Shoes, Cooked Diamonds' Naropa documentary and add it to yr already great post.

Rich said...

Thank you. I'm glad you liked it!. I gotta get his performance from Godard's 1PM in here, too.

How long did he perform at The Steppenwolf? I would love to have seen that.

You know, it's funny...he was a huge influence in getting me to write "politcal" stuff, and just a few short years later was just as influential in me no longer writing "political" stuff.

He really was amazing. Like, I said, he really was a giant.