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Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

Recorded Poems on Harry's House Vol 2 CD

  • I Liked Us Better - Amiri Baraka (03:27): MP3
  • Somebody Call A Doctor - Amiri Baraka (00:33): MP3

PoemTalk Podcast #20, discussing Amiri Baraka's "Kenyatta Listening to Mozart," July 30, 2009

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

Appearing on Cross Cultural Poetics, Episode #141: Challenge, May 19, 2007

  1. introduction (0:50): MP3
  2. on Ed Dorn (1:48): MP3
  3. on the trajectory of African American literary culture and the relationship between politics and art (3:14): MP3
  4. reading from Wise, Why's, Y's 1-3 (5:15): MP3
  5. on Kamu Brathwaite's idea of nation language and the commodification of African American language (4:57): MP3
  6. on the predicament of appropriation (2:42): MP3
  7. on the dispute surrounding "Somebody Blew Up America" (7:38): MP3
  8. reading "El Reverendo Pedro Pietri" (6:20): MP3
  9. closing comments (1:52): MP3
complete recording (34:41): MP3

from Kenning, Vol. 4 No. 3 Autumn/Winter 2002-2003, Issue #12

Amiri Baraka recorded at his home in Newark, New Jersey, by Chris Funkhouser, 9 July 2001. "Wooden Negroes..." appears in XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics #9.

"Wooden Negroes Appear at a Slam" and several "Low Coups" (5:08): MP3

From the Dodge Poetry Festival, Waterloo, New Jersey, 2002

Recorded by Chris Funkhouser

Lecture (43:59): MP3
Panel Presentation (56:39): MP3

At the Newark Public Libary, Newark, New Jersey, 2002

Recorded by Chris Funkhouser

Press Conference (18:30): MP3
Speech (35:38): MP3

Reading with Ed Dorn at the Just Buffalo Literary Center, Buffalo, NY, December 8, 1978

(recording courtesy of Robert Creeley)

Complete reading (21:44): MP3

  1. Against Bourgeois Art (recording starts in medias res) (3:48): MP3
  2. Caution, part 3 (3:50): MP3
  3. I Love Music (2:15): MP3
  4. War Clouds Over the World (5:03): MP3
  5. Dope (6:47): MP3

From a Reading at San Francisco State University, 4 March 1965

  • Introduction (4:50): MP3
  • Snake Eyes (0:40): MP3
  • A Poem for Speculative Hipsters (0:34): MP3
  • Black Bourgeoisie (0:54): MP3
  • Young Soul (0:49): MP3
  • Poem for Half-White College Students (1:46): MP3
  • Western Front (1:24): MP3
  • In One Battle (1:00): MP3
  • Bad Mouth (0:50): MP3
  • Ghosts (0:50): MP3
  • Where's the Romantic Life? (0:57): MP3
  • Three Movements and a Coda (1:28): MP3
  • Blue Whitey (0:25): MP3
  • 3rd Avenue (0:50): MP3
  • Poem for Bald Heads (1:04): MP3
  • Houdini (0:59): MP3
  • The People Burning (4:01): MP3
  • Chapter 1 of "A New World" (22:03): MP3

    Complete Recording (47:14): MP3

    From a Reading at the Asilomar Negro Writers Conference, Pacific Grove, California, early August, 1964

    1. Introduction (0:36): MP3
    2. As a Possible Lover (0:52): MP3
    3. A Contract for the Destruction and Rebuilding of Patterson (2:12): MP3
    4. The Dance (1:43): MP3
    5. A Poem for Speculative Hipsters (0:36): MP3
    6. Black Dada Nihilismus (4:02): MP3
    7. Snake Eyes (0:39): MP3
    8. Short Speech to My Friends (2:27): MP3
    9. Houdini (0:46): MP3
    10. A Poem Some People Will Have to Understand (1:20): MP3
    11. Tightrope (0:23):
    12. Kenyatta Listening to Mozart (1:08): MP3 (this poem discussed on PoemTalk at the Writers House)
    13. Mise En Scene, Newark 1947 (0:49): MP3
    14. Three Modes of History and Culture (2:49): MP3
    15. Blue Whitey (0:26): MP3
    16. The Bronze Buckaroo (2:08): MP3
    17. Discussion (24:35): MP3

    Complete Reading (49:12): MP3

    Reading "The Revolutionary Theatre," Unknown Date and Place

    complete recording (11:40): MP3

    More Amiri Baraka Poems

    • Somebody Blew Up America (7:59): MP3 (Recorded by Chris Funkhouser)
    • Whoosh (3:10): MP3 (Recorded by Chris Funkhouser)
    • The Mind of the President (0:44): MP3 (Recorded by Chris Funkhouser)
    • Black Dada Nihilismus (DJ Spooky mix) (4:12): MP3
    • A Black Mass Part 1 (15:43): MP3
    • A Black Mass Part 2 (19:51): MP3
    • For Pharaoh Sanders (0:54): MP3
    • In Walked Bud (2:43): MP3
    • Pressure to Grow (1:30): MP3
    • The X Is Black (Spike Lie) (3:07): MP3
    • "Wooden Negroes Appear at a Slam" and several "Low Coups" (5:08): MP3 recorded at his home in Newark, New Jersey, 9 July 2001
    • Class Struggle in Music II (4:58): MP3
    • Dope (5:05): MP3
    • Somebody Blew Up America text (2001); (11:12): MP3;   YouTube
    • Something in the Way of Things (featuring the Roots) (7:04): MP3
    • The Academic Cowards of Reaction (2001) (5:21): MP3

    Baraka Reads Charles Olson (footage by Henry Ferrini):

    For more information on Baraka's recorded output, be sure to visit The Amiri Baraka Discography Project, edited by Marc Epstein.

    Amiri Baraka on PennSound Daily

    These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the author. © 2008 Amiri Baraka. Used with permission of author and Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. DJ Spooky mix used with the permission of Paul D. Miller.PennSound Amiri Baraka page edited by William J. Harris Distributed by PennSound.