Category Archives: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

Remembering Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Yesterday, the sad news spread that Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) had passed away at the age of 79. There have already been a number of substantial obituaries and tributes, and surely there will be more to come in the coming … Continue reading

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Rare footage of Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Amiri Baraka reading in 1959*

Via the Allen Ginsberg Project, I just learned of the existence of some rare, but apparently now-available, footage by the experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas that features Frank O’Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones), and Ray Bremser giving a … Continue reading

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Upcoming conference: “Amiri Baraka at 80” (CFP)

In 2014, in honor of his 80th birthday, there will be a conference devoted to “Amiri Baraka at 80” held in England.  One entry on the list of possible topics may be of particular interest here — “Jones/Baraka and the … Continue reading

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Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50 and the “New American Poetry”

The other day, NPR posted a good piece marking the 50th anniversary of Blues People, the landmark book on African-American music, from blues to jazz, written in 1963 by Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones). The piece, by Eugene Holley, Jr., discusses … Continue reading

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