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Linton Kwesi Johnson

reality poems



Released: 31st Mar 2014


'Reality Poems’ comprises Linton Kwesi Johnson's key vocal & Dub sides from 1979 & 1980, & provides the definitive introduction to the music & verse of one of this innovative & influential artist.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica & raised in the Brixton section of London, Johnson invented dub poetry. Johnson's poetry (which is what it was --he was a published poet & journalist before he performed with a band) was more scripted & delivered in a more languid, slangy, streetwise style. Johnson's grim realism & tales of racism in an England governed by Tories was scathingly critical. includes 3 tracks that are new to CD.

reality poems