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Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)


Various Poems
  • 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 (11:12): MP3
  • Something in the Way of Things (featuring the Roots) (7:04): MP3
  • The Academic Cowards of Reaction (5:21): MP3


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

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 the Berkeley Poetry Conference, July 1965
The Revolutionary Theatre (11:40): 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
  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

Complete Reading (24:41): MP3



This page is made in collaboration with PennSound. 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 and UbuWeb.




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