Book Finder
    
 
> Literature & Fiction > Authors A-Z > Baraka Imamu Amiri
 

Dutchman and the Slave
LeRoi Jones
0688210848
June 1964
Paperback
·
 
Amazon.com Author Profile
Read about the author.

--New York Post
"A man of shattering fury."

See all Editorial Reviews


Black Music
Imamu Amiri Baraka
0313225184
Aug 1980
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
This scintillating collection by Amiri Imamu Baraka, published in 1968 under his birth name Leroi Jones, covers a wide range of jazz writings from 1959 to 1967. Baraka's engaging and prophetic portraits of Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Bradford, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Monk, Roy Haynes, Don Cherry, and John Coltrane (whom he called "the heaviest spirit") beam with an electric and fluid language that mirrors those artists' speed-of-light improvisations. In "Jazz and the White Critic," which blasts white critics who judge jazz by European, rather than African American, standards, Jones wrote, "As Western people, the sociocultural thinking of 18th-century Europe comes to us as history and legacy that is a continuous and organic part of the 20th-century West. The sociocultural philosophy of the...


To Raise, Destroy, and Create: The Poetry, Drama and Fiction of Imamu Amiri Baraka (Le ROI Jones)
Henry C. Lacey
0878751858
August 2001
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
A study of the works of Imamu Amiri Baraka written between 1960 and 1970. Baraka is represented as an example of black America searching for identity, purpose and direction. This search, examined by Lacey, is embodied by Baraka's achievements.

From the Publisher
"...The Strength of 'To Raise, Destroy & Create' lies in its author's perceptive and sensitive analysis of individual works.." -MINORITY VOICES


Blues People
Imamu Amiri Baraka
0313225192
Aug 1980
Hardcover
·
 
Amazon.com Author Profile
Read about the author.

Review
“This extremely pertinent work will make a valuable addition to the musical and sociological collections of public and academic libraries.”–Library Journal

See all Editorial Reviews


Amiri Baraka: The Politics and Art of a Black Intellectual
Jerry Gafio Watts
0814793738
August 2001
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Best known as a militant black nationalist writer and activist in the 1960s Black Power movement, Baraka had previously achieved some notoriety as LeRoi Jones in the Beat movement in the late 1950s, after a troubled academic start at Howard University and a difficult stint in the U.S. Air Force.Watts (Heroism and the Black Intellectual), a professor of American studies and political science at Trinity College, examines the themes of "outsiderness" and intellectual restlessness in Baraka's dalliance with Greenwich Village bohemia and his interracial marriage to author Hettie Jones. His growing distaste for white liberalism after a 1960 trip to Cuba and his subsequent plunge into the incendiary black nationalist politics of the mid-1960s led to his eventual rejection of white society except for its publishers....


Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics
Komozi Woodard
0807847615
February 1999
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
Sarah Lawrence College professor Komozi Woodard convincingly argues that Amiri Baraka was not only the most original black poet, author, dramatist, and cultural critic to emerge from the 1960s but also that era's most important nexus between the politics and artistic movements. "The serious study of Black Power," he writes, "must begin with an examination of its most important experiments ... specifically, the leadership of Amiri Baraka and the dynamics of black cultural nationalism." Woodard details Baraka's visit to revolutionary Cuba and the influence of Patrice Lumumba on his thinking; the black-arts movement Baraka helped found and the black/Puerto Rican coalitions he forged; his ambitious but flawed housing ventures in Newark, New Jersey; and his heroic efforts to hold together the 1972 National Black Political...


A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Lorraine Hansberry
0679755314
May 1995
Paperback
·
 
Review
"Rich and warm and funny and varied ... beautifully written."-- Los Angeles Times, on The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

"One of a handful of great American plays -- it belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie."--Washington Post, on A Raisin in the Sun

Review
"Rich and warm and funny and varied ... beautifully written."-- Los Angeles Times, on The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

"One of a handful of great American plays -- it belongs in the inner circle, along with Death of a Salesman, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Glass Menagerie."--Washington Post, on A Raisin in the Sun

See all Editorial Reviews


Four Black Revolutionary Plays
Amiri Baraka
0714530050
June 1998
Paperback
·
 


The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones
Amiri Baraka
1556522312
March 1997
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
First published in 1984, this is a revised edition of The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, which includes the original text (restored by the author) as well as a new introduction. Born Leroi Jones in 1934--he became Amiri Baraka in the mid-1960s---he is one of the seminal figures of contemporary black writing, a poet, playwright, novelist, critic, and political activist. Even more than those labels indicate, however, Baraka has been at the heart of literary and ideological ferment since the 1950s. Early in his career, he was strongly influenced by the Beats. During the cultural upheaval of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, he moved uptown to Harlem, changed his name, and embraced a religion that was a hybrid of Islam and traditional African principles. And then, in the 1970s, Baraka turned his back on Black...


Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka
Harry Justin Elam
0472087681
January 1997
Textbook Paperback
·
 
Book Description
The performances of Luis Valdez's El Teatro Campesino, the farmworkers' theater, and Amiri Baraka's (LeRoi Jones's) Black Revolutionary Theater (BRT) during the 1960s and 1970s, offer preeminent examples of social protest theater during a momentous and tumultuous historical juncture. The performances of these groups linked the political, the cultural, and the spiritual, while agitating against the dominant power structure and for the transformation of social and theatrical practices in the U.S. Founded during the Delano Grape Pickers' Strike and Black Power rebellions of the mid-1960s, both El Teatro and the BRT professed cultural pride and group unity as critical corollaries to self-determination and revolutionary social action.


Blues People: The Negro Experience In White America and the Music That Developed From It
LeRoi Jones
068818474X
February 1999
Paperback
·
 
Book Review Author Profile
Read about the author.

Book Description
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white...


Essence of Reparations
Imamu Amiri Baraka
0913441600
Dec 2003
Paperback
·
 
Rupert Lewis, Professor of Political Thought, University of the West Indies
Baraka sees ... reparations ... as part of a wider struggle for full citizenship and equal rights in the USA.

Book Description
A new collection of Essays on American history; Black studies; progressive political thought; Reparations; American slavery/TransAtlantic slave trade; US Civil War; Civil Rights movement.

See all Editorial Reviews


Somebody Blew Up America and Other Poems
Imamu Amiri Baraka
0913441619
Dec 2003
Paperback
·
 
Kamau Brathwaite, New York University, 2003
"Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems" ... one more mark in modern Black radical & revolutionary cultural reconstruction.

Kwame Dawes, South Carolina, 2003
"... In the US today, poetry can still rouse passions and lead to political action."

See all Editorial Reviews


Conversations with Amiri Baraka
Amiri Baraka
0878056874
January 1994
Paperback
·
 
From Booklist
In the latest volume of the Literary Conversations series, interviewers engage in the act of deciphering the "true" identity of Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, at least as much as attempting to understand his work. Thankfully, Baraka does not hesitate to set the record straight on any number of misconceptions that have appeared in print over the years. The thoughtful, impassioned, and provocative voice of this writer comes to the fore in these interviews, and particularly in two recent conversations, with editor Reilly and Maya Angelou. It is in Angelou's interview, which includes a discussion of Baraka's movement from poetry to plays, where he defines himself as "some kind of insurgent force." Perhaps this book will help secure Baraka's place, more than any other African American writer, as the one who...


Somebody Blew Up America and Other Poems
Imamu Amiri Baraka
0913441724
Dec 2004
Paperback
·
 
Kamau Brathwaite, New York University, 2003
"Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems" ... one more mark in modern Black radical & revolutionary cultural reconstruction.

Kwame Dawes, South Carolina, 2003
"...In the US today, poetry can still rouse passions and lead to political action."

See all Editorial Reviews


Fiction of LeRoi Jones - Amiri Baraka
LeRoi Jones
155652353X
January 1900
Textbook Paperback
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Known for his poetry, plays and essays, Baraka, formerly Leroi Jones, hasn't been recognized for his searing, dense, experimental fiction, but that oversight will be corrected with this latest collection of his work. Fans of the activist-writer will immediately recall the two major segments of this volume, "Tales" and "The System of Dante's Hell," both well-received works from the 1960s. As a survey of Baraka's writings in prose, the book accurately displays the full range of the wordsmith's skills: from his bold, groundbreaking efforts as an influential member of the post-Beat Lower East Side art scene to his controversial cultural nationalism and his Marxist conversion. Although three previously uncollected short stories, "Suppose Sorrow Was a Time Machine," "Round Trip" and "the man who sold pictures of god,"...

  ©BookFinder USA LLC.
  All rights reserved.