Linton Kwesi Johnson

Genres: Reggae
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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1952, Chapelton, Jamaica, West Indies. Johnson’s family emigrated to London in 1963, and he quickly developed a keen awareness of both literature and politics, culminating in a degree in sociology at Goldsmith’s College, London, in 1973. An interest in poetry manifested itself in two books, Voices Of The Living And The Dead (1974) and Dread Beat And Blood (1975), both written in a style that put on paper the patois spoken in black Britain, often with a rhythm reminiscent of Jamaican DJs. Johnson also wrote about reggae for New Musical Express, Melody Maker and Black Music, as well as being writer-in-residence for the London Borough of Lambeth and heavily involved in the Race Today co-operative newspaper. Experiments with reggae bands at his poetry readings culminated in 1977’s Dread Beat An’ Blood, recorded as Poet And The Roots, an album that virtually defined the dub poetry genre. An intoxicating mixture of Johnson’s lucid,...

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