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Apples And Snakes Anthology

The first anthology from Apples and Snakes gets a review in Jamming!, number 21, October, 1984. Funnily enough it’s an anthology that at times when Salena Godden and I are drunk we get the book of the shelf and play “Where are they now?” 26 more words

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'Dis Poetry' by Benjamin Zephaniah

‘Dis Poetry’

by Benjamin Zephaniah

“Dis poetry is like a riddim dat drops
De tongue fires a riddim dat shoots like shots
Dis poetry is designed fe rantin… 109 more words

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Poetry International '84

There’s a lot of talk about how mainstream poetry is nowadays, but back in the 80s we were covered in national music papers, to a predominantly non-poetry audience. 41 more words

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Danny Lives On

Benjamin Zephaniah inspires me. I cannot remember where I first heard this but there are lines that return to me from time to time, especially the lines “And a human being kick him/To prove he´s a man”.   254 more words

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Artists For Animals

Fairly typical benefit gig reviewed in the NME, 21 May, 1983. The fabulous Dolly Mixture, ranting’s own Benjamin Zephaniah, the lovely Damned, and more. 341 more words

Music

Early Days Of Open Mic

The NME, 5 February, 1983, reports on an early open mic festival

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