Other writing[ edit ] Johnson wrote for New Musical ExpressMelody Makerand Black Music in the s,  and while working on a freelance basis for Virgin Records during this period he wrote biographies for reggae artists on the label, as well as sleeve notes and copy for adverts.
Publishing editors apparently concur as in he became the first black poet to have his Selected Poems published in the Penguin Classics series.
He is recognised as the founding proponent of dub poetry, a form of stylized performance poetry, and is thus the forefather of many contemporary recording spoken word artists.
His poetry forms a valuable chronicle of Black working class life and the social injustices prevalent at the time. Biography[ edit ] Johnson was born in Chapeltona Linton kwesi johnson town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica.
As social commentary, the work is a record of political reaction to repression when Black voices were simply not heard. Yet, for such an influential contemporary voice, Kwesi-Johnson appears to have published little - a mere 5 collections since Day-Lewis Fellowship inand that year became writer-in-residence for the London Borough of Lambeth.
In so many senses, the questions it urges upon readers of every creed loom large and are as relevant today as they were when they were first penned. The poems contain graphic accounts of the racist police brutality occurring at the time cf.
Past releases on the label include recordings by Mikey Smith. Performance, whether actual or recorded, is a necessity for appreciation of his talent, and many CDs are available on his record label LKJ.
His selection for this esteemed series is testament to the immediate and enduring power of his work both during the 30 years they address and to readers today.
As poetics and politics, this verse and its concerns show no signs of falling out of fashion. That was before anyone had ever heard of Linton Kwesi Johnson.
Litt by Rhodes University in South Africa. Johnson wrote "Reggae fi Dada" on the death of his father inblaming social conditions.
His poem Di Great Insohreckshan is his response to the Brixton riots. Contemporary readers who have not experienced the decades Kwesi-Johnson addresses may find his work self-consciously historical. For some, it is the familiar dialect of their community, for others it can seem estranging and harsh.
While still at school he joined the British Black Panther Movement helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement, and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers.
Johnson went on to study for a degree in sociology at Goldsmiths College in New CrossLondon graduating in Johnson is one of only three poets to be published by Penguin Modern Classics while still alive.
Awards Critical perspective Linton Kwesi-Johnson can be said to be the most significant Jamaican poet writing in the U.
However, he has also written about other issues, such as British foreign policy and the death of anti-racist marcher Blair Peach. Numerical values aside, there can be no doubt that what has been published is of immense cultural importance.Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born 24 AugustChapelton, Jamaica) is a British-based author and dub poet.
Johnson's poetry makes clever use of the unstandardised transcription of Jamaican Patois and, allied to the Jamaican "toasting" tradition, is regarded as a precursor of rap.
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Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Linton Kwesi Johnson. Linton Kwesi Johnson was born on 24 August, in Chapelton, a small town in the rural parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He came to London inattended Tulse Hill secondary school, and later studied Sociology at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London (graduating in ), which currently holds his personal papers in its archives.
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