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5.0 out of 5 stars Matter Of Fact, 1 Jun 2003
In 1984, aged 14, I was introduced to the work of LKJ by my brother who brought home a copy of LKJ's vinyl album 'Making History'. We were big fans of U2, who were also Chris Blackwell "artistes". I've been listening to oblique reading LKJ ever since. As for the '2, well let's just say they went pop. And this slim volume Mi Revalueshanary Fren I have picked up and read every other day since I got it, especially 'seasons of the heart' and 'inglan is a bitch'. the book's paucity of words makes the contrasts all the more complete. But that paucity is a spareness, sometimes terse. Honesty
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Poet Laureate, 1 Mar 2003
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Peter Fenelon - See all my reviews
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As well as a fine selection of Johnson's dub poetry this splendid collection includes some of his more conventional works. Leaves you wanting more - much more. Johnson's compelling style means that anything he puts his mind to becomes a fascinating subject for a poem - all aspects of human experience are here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the poet laureate of black british/carribean people, 11 Jun 2004
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His works cross from the racial tender box of the 70's to the 90's althoug i personnally feel the most the earliy works have the most passion but how could that be anyway with the brixton riots and the sus laws pre-dating that.
My personnel favourite is sonny's letter:
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Forces of Victory
CCD 9566 (Track 3)
Mango (P) 1979 Island Records
Jeb Avenue
London, South West 2
Inglan
Dear Ma Maa,
Good Day
I hope that when these few lines reach you
they may find you in the best of health
Ma Maa I really don' know how to tell yu dis
'cause , I did meck a solemn promise
to teck care a likkle Jim and try
mi best fi look out fi 'im
Ma Maa a really did try mi best
but none de less
mi sorry fi tell yu sey
poor likkle Jim get aress'
it was de middle a de rush 'our
when everybody jus' a hustle an a bustle
fi go 'ome fi dem evenin' shower
Me and Jim stand up waiting pon a bus
not causing no fuss
when all on a sudden a police man
pull up
out jump 3 police man
De 'ole a dem carrying baton
Dem walk up to me and Jim
one a dem 'ole on to Jim
sey 'im teckin 'im in
Jim tell him fi leggo a 'im
fa 'im no do nuttin
an 'im naw tief, not even a button
Jim start to riggle
De police start to giggle
Ma Maa, meck a tell yu weh dem do to Jim
Ma Maa , meck a tell yu we dem do to him
Dem tump 'im in 'im belly
an' it turn to jelly
Dem lick 'im pon 'im back
an 'im rib get pop
Dem lick 'im pon 'im head
but it tuff like lead
Dem kick 'im in 'im seed
an it started to bleed
Ma Maa I just couldn't just stan' up
deh a no do nutten
So mi juck one ina 'im eye
an 'im started to cry
Mi tump one in 'im mout
an 'im started to shout
Mi kick one pon 'im shin
an 'im started to spin
Mi tump 'im pon 'im chin
an 'im drop pon a bin
an crash an dead
Ma Maa more police man come down
an beat me to de ground
Dem charge Jim fi sus
Dem charge mi fi murder
Ma Ma! Don't fret
don't get depress an down 'earted
be of good courage
Till I hear from yu
I remain your son
Sonny
listen to him his production adds to his already powerful words
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 16 Feb 2005
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SPRay1969 (Manchester UK) - See all my reviews
I hope Linton Kwesi Johnson knows how good a poet he is.
I hope Linton Kwesi Johnson fills with pride when he catches a glimpse of this in a bookshop.
I hope Linton Kwesi Johnson never falls out of love with poetry.
From front cover to back we see a tap natch poet growing in stature and confidence.Buy this penguin classic for yourself.Let others decide for themselves.Beautiful.
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