Saturday, February 11, 2006

Phantom Jets Podcast

You can trace elements of the style of rap back to Bo Diddley and shave-and-a-haircut. [I know last time I saw Bo he said he invented it.] But in my opinion the immediate precedence for the style were Black poets and Black militants. How do you describe the Last Poets? Maybe as Black Poets. Certainly as incredibly imagistic, highly rhythmic and very musical poets. They were Black poets on vinyl in my younger days. In the early 70s in New York we were aware of them .. and heard cats with a bit of a similar bent, including John Giordino. With this as background, and with the newspapers penetrating my mind like knives, I wrote a poem that could be called Phantom Jets. I am trying to work out the kinks in a podcast system, and I picked that poem for that purpose. You can download it to your iPod, I am told. [Or to other devices including desktop computer.]

Click here to download Phantom Jets MP3- 1 min - 939kbytes

[NOTE: Our first experience is in. For now, Podcasts will post and then remove in 1 month. If you access this page one month after publication, the podcast link will have expired..sorry. Get it while you can.]

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