Spoken Word: S/D

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Hmmmm....well are we talking about comedy or "poetry"?

In terms of non-comedic spoken word (although there are laffs to be found herein), I'd recommend PRAYING MANTIS by Jim Carroll and THE UGLY ONE WITH THE JEWELS AND OTHER STORIES by Laurie Anderson. I'm a big fan of Spalding Grey, but his recorded output never seems to capture his schtick adequately.

I *HATE* spoken-word poetry with a vengeance, however. The self-righteousness, the exaggerated cadence, the gesticulation -- it all makes me wanna barf. "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway is enough to make me wanna saw off my ears that I may never face the risk of experiencing it.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 11 February 2003 17:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Stephen Jesse Bernstein, Prison, which features readings from "More Noise Please" and other works. "Whitee on the Moon" by Gil-Scott Heron. A few things (not sure what they were) by Burroughs, and most things by Bill Hicks.

Ryan McKay (Ryan McKay), Wednesday, 12 February 2003 03:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Music to watch girls by" by ah, that weird preacher.

"Colours" Ken Nordine

That Quentin Crisp thing on Cherry Red (?)

Derek & Clive

gaz (gaz), Wednesday, 12 February 2003 03:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"If that mountain falls on me, it's gonna fall on you too..."

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Wednesday, 12 February 2003 03:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
how come no one's mentioned jello biafra here?

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

here's a good place to check out stuff:


maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Rotatey Diskers With Unwin" by Stanley Unwin


Oh No, It's Dadaismus (and His Endless Stupid Jokes) (Dada), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jack McGowran, McGowran Speaks Beckett

Oh No, It's Dadaismus (and His Endless Stupid Jokes) (Dada), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

maria tessa, thanks for the link!

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Kim Fowley - "Other Side" (wherein he raps about how they ran out of money to record the B-side of their single)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - John Peel reciting excerpts from Bolan children's stories on My People Were Fair and Unicorn LPs.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Some Favorites:
America - Allen Ginsberg
Message to the Messengers - Gil Scott Heron
You're Getting Better - Ken Nordine

and the best of Shel Silverstein just came out on CD.

Bobby Peru (Bobby Peru), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rod McKuen!

owen moorhead (i heart daniel miller), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm curious about that momus one (and i just saw someone *did* mention jello, although not very encouragingly...)

joan vich (joan vich), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 19:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three years pass...


Charles Spearin (Do Make Say Think) just did an awesome sorta spoken word album. He recorded his neighbours! It's really good, like The Books. Old guy talking about growin up with 13 siblings. Old woman telling Spearin she loves him :) Children mumbling. etc.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090210.whappiness0211/BNStory/Entertainment/home good piece by Carl Wilson.

Ludo, Tuesday, 10 March 2009 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

If the answer is yes then you can check out my albums on itunes. I rap in french and do spoken word in english. My artist name is Corey Edwards and the name of my english album is The Solitude of Albion.

coreylefou, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:55 (five years ago) Permalink

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