2 BBC Radio 4 programs on Linton Kwesi Johnson's dub poetry
The Poetry of History (2nd series)
02 December 2007
Jonathan Bate presents a series examining historical events through
the poetry they inspired.
2/4. Linton Kwesi Johnson's poem Di Great Insohreckshan recalls the
Brixton riots of April 1981. The work is now acknowledged alongside
television and radio archive as a primary source, helping future
generations understand the cultural and political upheaval that spilt
onto the streets of south London.
BBC 4 TV Profile documentary 1 July 2003:
Linton Kwesi Johnson bio on the AllMusicGuide:
Dread, Beat an Blood
Tuesday 22 July 2008 11:30-12:00 (Radio 4 FM)
Benjamin Zephaniah reassesses dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's 1978
debut album. Dread Beat an' Blood expressed the black British
experience as it had never been heard before. Using his trademark
spoken word style set to an instrumental reggae beat, the record
voiced the frustration of a generation. Linton discusses the issues
he tackled on the record, such as police harassment, the National
Front and the criminal justice system. Thirty years on, how much has
Benjamin Zephaniah's homepage:
#48 on the Times "50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945"