Podcast from the current British Library exhibition on the English language: Saul Williams on hip-hop, rap and spoken word poetry. Amazing.
Also huffduffed as…
"One selfish person was not caring about the rest of us."
Dr Kristian Jensen, head of collections at the British Library, on the academic who stole pages from historic books.
The full story is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/21/british-library-sues-iranian-academic
Outside the Lines With Rap Genius has talked to a wide range of incredible people over the past few months. But this show is one of our absolute favorites. This conversation with poet, performer, musician, and actor Saul Williams is really special, and we hope you enjoy it!
Williams, who had been an emcee since his teenage years, first rose to prominence on the slam poetry circuit, winning acclaim in the mid 1990’s. He was a co-writer and star of the award-winning 1998 film Slam, which increased his profile and led to him getting a record deal
Williams’ first album, 2001’s Amethyst Rock Star, was a mind-blowing melding of poetry, hip-hop, and rock. That record and its follow-up, a self-titled 2004 album, were in part jeremiads about the state of hip-hop from someone who loved it but was severely disappointed in what it had become. Williams has released two more albums and four books of poetry over the years, and his latest work is a “literary mixtape” called Chorus
Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education, chairs a lively discussion on the future of university and research libraries with Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge; Clive Bloom, Emeritus Professor of English at Middlesex University; Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation at JISC and Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services at the University of Sheffield.
Accompanies the British Library’s Growing Knowledge exhibition.
Recorded in the British Library Conference Centre on 26 October 2010