07 March 2004


I went to see so-called dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson at Bodega last night. Really low-key, just a guy reading poetry to a packed crowd. They were all excellent, but my favourites were (and I'm not going to attempt to spell them like he does) the one on the New Cross Massacre, 'My Revolutionary Friend', 'Make Time', and 'If I Was A Top Notch Poet' (which he finished with). His delivery was superb, with his 'rhythms and rhymes and ragged bass lines'. You almost didn't need to follow the words. But of course you did.

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