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Roy McBride, spoken word performer, poet, visual artist, visionary, master improviser, teacher, and musician, was a fixture on the Minneapolis arts scene for thirty years. A mentor and inspiration to many young African American poets, he expressed his passion for humanity, his anger at social injustice, and his playful appreciation of urban life in a variety of ways, anticipating the coming era of poetry slams, hip-hop, and performance art. Here the best of his literary works are gathered together for the first time, accompanied by a selection of Roy's drawings and a 30-minute DVD by Mike Hazard that captures the flavor of his inimitable street performances.
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Roy McBride was born in Magnolia, Arkansas, and largely raised in Muskegon, Michigan. He spent much of his later life in Minneapolis, where he made his presence known as a poet, teacher, and musician. He used to say, ''My mother raised me with the Bible and my uncles taught me the blues,'' and these fields of reference form the underpinning for a body of work touching upon a wide array of themes, both personal and political.
Roy died in July 29, 2011, from complications of atherosclerosis. Hundreds of people attended a memorial at Heart of the Beast's performance hall to share their love for him and honor his memory. As musician Willy Murphy put it: ''Roy McBride was the real thing: a real poet wide open. With soul, compassion, melancholy, laughter. A goggle-eyed witness with a breaking heart. Feeling it all. Telling it all, for all of us.''
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Book Description Nodin Press, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1935666541