IMAMU AMIRI BARAKA RIP.
“ The political activists, cultural revolutionary and the proverbial pain-in-the-arse to the American conservative establishment, Amiri Baraka, died on 9th January.
He identified for many of us the Blues People of America as the protagonist of the music that we all now hear and understand as jazz and R&B.
Back in 1988, 26 years ago this month, as one the writers on the first issue of Straight No Chaser, I was privileged to spend the day with the man that helped articulate my thoughts on the social and cultural importance of the music I love. The piece reproduced below captured then and represent now the concerns of a man who was passionate for and committed to the radical exposure of truth and justice” – Claudius Hilliman
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Here a further piece by Ishmael Reed – http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/01/12/ishmael-reed-on-the-life-and-death-of-amiri-baraka/