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The United States Of Poetry (1996 Television Documentary) [Spoken Word]
tomandandy, Various Artists
The United States Of Poetry (1996 Television Documentary) [Spoken Word]
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
 
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The American poetry renaissance rolls on, and this soundtrack to the PBS special proves that the spoken word isn't just alive and well, it's kicking and snorting and rapping and bopping, too. Relative unknowns sit right al...  more »

      
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All Artists: tomandandy, Various Artists
Title: The United States Of Poetry (1996 Television Documentary) [Spoken Word]
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 3/5/1996
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks
Style: Poetry, Spoken Word & Interviews
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731453213920, 731453213944

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The American poetry renaissance rolls on, and this soundtrack to the PBS special proves that the spoken word isn't just alive and well, it's kicking and snorting and rapping and bopping, too. Relative unknowns sit right alongside big guns like Leonard Cohen, Robert Creeley, Amiri Baraka, and Joseph Brodsky on this disc. The works run from sexy murmurs to social commentary, from found poetry snatches to outright comic rants, such as Matt Cook's hilarious "James Joyce," wherein Cook moans, "James Joyce is stupid. I'd rather throw dead batteries at cows than read him." Tomandandy's atmospheric music lays a solid foundation for these wordsmiths to riff over. As a whole, this disc feels as much like a midnight road trip across this wide, weird land as anything else. --Michael Ruby

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Best mix of new American urban poetry & music
Luis Franco (LuisCarlos.Franco@Ogil | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 05/18/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great selections from the independent video project, featuring Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, Allen Gisberg, Ruth Forman, Amiri Bakara among others. The spoken words are wonderfully wrapped with Jazz, Rap, eletronic & classical music. Unfortunatelly, there are some other great poems missing from the original video score (such as Micheal Franti's and Jonny Depp's voices)."