Amiri Baraka [Leroi Jones]
The first seven clips are taken from my film Amiri Baraka: The Muscle in Yr Head. Among those who appear in it are the poets Allen Ginsberg, Hettie Jones, Michael X, Sekou Sundiata, Ashe Bandele & Quincy Troupe, plus Baraka’s father, Coyt Leroy Jones.
They Q Test, Black History Musik & We Travel the Spaceways have never previously been made public; they were filmed in 1996 in the basement of Amiri’s house in New Jersey & feature him performing with the jazz trombonist Craig Harris.
Somebody Blew Up America, Amiri’s controversial poem on the 9/11 attacks on New York, was filmed at the British Library in October 2012, at Black Beats, an event organized by Tilt.