The Last Poets (Paperback)

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Even readers unfamiliar with The Last Poets' historic significance as building blocks of the hip-hop and rap movement, will instantly find this novel a compelling read.

The Last Poets were self-proclaimed prophets of 'hope and change'. The band was formed in 1968 against an incendiary backdrop of the black power movement and murders of Martin Luther King, Kennedy and Malcolm X. Today their socio-political lyrics have a renewed sense of urgency, rallying loud and clear against the fear-based politics of the Trump-era.

Christine Otten spent three months travelling across the United States interviewing members of The Last Poets, their families, friends, and musicians. She describes their impoverished childhoods, their love lives, successes and failures in this beautifully written, sensuously swinging, biopic-style novel.

About the Author

Christine Otten is a Dutch writer, journalist, and performer. The Last Poets was nominated for the prestigious Dutch Libris Literature Prize, and has been adapted for the stage. Otten regularly performs at literary festivals and in theaters. She holds writing workshops in Amsterdam for the homeless and for prisoners.

Product Details
ISBN: 9789462380370
ISBN-10: 9462380376
Publisher: World Editions
Publication Date: October 13th, 2016
Pages: 512
Language: English